I suppose setting up a'workbench' thread is something I ought to have done ages ago after quite a few of my "How-To's" which might have been better under this heading, still, better late than never Eh? Since we have a few recent members, some of whom have ventured into DCC control, but not yet plucked up the courage (or gained the knowledge) of how to fit DCC decoders into loco's, having recently bought a used Bachmann "Austerity", I though this might be a useful time to explain the process. As it happened, I initially thought that this locomotive (an Ebay buy for £63) was the current version which has a 21 pin decoder in the tender. On examination after it arrived, it was apparent that it was one of the earlier "Not DCC ready" versions, but as not everyone has the means to go out and buy the latest brand new off the shelf models (I can, but I'm er how shall we say, 'Careful' with money!), many may be considering buying used, either via dealers or perhaps Ebay. This isn't really a problem assuming the loco is "As Described", and I'd always advise checking it immediately on receipt, preferably on a DC supply, but failing that, even a 9 volt battery, to ensure it does what it's supposed to do. If all is well, then it's time to go about fitting a decoder. Quite often, if the loco has been looked after, you'll often find the original instructions in the box, and this can be useful as there are usually not only lubrication point information, but also instructions on how to remove the body from the chassis. This can vary widely, from just easing the body sides away from the chassis as you lift it off (Quite a few diesels have this method) to a number of screws which need removing, often under bogies or trailing trucks. If there is no such information, then you can often find the answers on either Google, U-Tube, or just ask on the forum, as someone will doubtless be able to help. This was the case with my model, eventually discovering 3 screws that needed removing. With that done and the cab handrails released from the body holes, the body was eased off to reveal the gubbins.