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Video Review Part 2 Athearn Genesis EMD F7 & Tsunami2 with TCS KA4 Keep Alive

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Tony's TV |

We take a look at some of the new features of the SoundTraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder installed in an HO scale Athearn Genesis EMD F7 ABA set with TCS Keep Alives. In October 2017 SoundTraxx released Tsunami2 decoders with v1.2 software. Two new features are Pitch Shift and Straight To Idle.  If you like what you see and hear, we’ve been installing DCC Sound decoders in customer’s locomotives for over 25 years! Contact us at your convenience. Products used in the...

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Video Installation SoundTraxx Tsunami2 with TCS K4: Athearn Genesis EMD F7

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Tony's TV |

In this video we look at the basic components used in the installation of a SoundTraxx Tsunami2 into an Athearn Genesis EMD F7. In October 2017 SoundTraxx released Tsunami2 decoders with v1.2 software. Two new features are Pitch Shift and Straight To Idle.  If you like what you see and hear, we’ve been installing DCC Sound decoders in customer’s locomotives for over 25 years! Contact us at your convenience. Products used: SoundTraxx Tsunami2 885013 PNP TCS KA4 SuperSonic...

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Athearn Announces HO Scale Genesis SD70ACe “Spirit of UP” #1943

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in News |

  This newly announced beast is destined to be one of the hottest selling locomotives of 2018. Union Pacific’s heritage paint scheme for their “Spirit of UP” #1943 pays tribute to our veterans and currently serving armed forces. Athearn has also announced exciting new features on this locomotive as well. For the very first time this Genesis SD70ACe will feature all LED lighting, as well as rubber MU hoses! Don’t put it off and accidently forget...

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Video Review Athearn Genesis ES44DC & SoundTraxx Tsunami2

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in News, Tony's TV |

The new Athearn Genesis ES44DC & ES40DC models are now available. Silky smooth mechanism, top quality details based on prototype drawings and superb sound quality from the SoundTraxx Tsunami2 decoder highlight this 1st release. Check out the video below for the full review and tips on the Tsunami2’s “Pitch Shift” effects. Make sure to get your’s...

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New NCE Light-It Signal and Illuminator Lighting Decoders are Now Shipping

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in News |

Light It Manual Illuminator Manual  Features of these decoders: Works on DCC or DC (limited operation on DC) Works with loco, accessory, or signal addressing Built-In Warm white LED (can be disabled) Up to 3 LEDs may be controlled separately Built-in resistors – just connect LEDs Functions as an NMRA Signal decoder with 18 aspects Each output individually dimmable 5240161 Light It-3: Three pack of the Light-It Decoder.  5240162 Light It-6: Six pack of the Light-It Decoder....

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All-New ESU LokSound 73100 & 73199 Select Direct Micro Sound Decoders Are Now Shipping!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in News |

  ESU has two, all-new, LokSound Select Direct Micro sound decoders. Both feature a compact design making them suitable for nearly any installation in HO as well as many N scale models (Some frame modification may be required). These new 6 function decoders were designed for working with N Scale narrow hood units. The ESU 71300 is designed to install in many pre-2016 Atlas, InterMountain, and other locomotives with modifications. The ESU 71399 is an OEM decoder...

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ESU Announces 50310 CabControl Wireless DCC System!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in News |

Expected to be available after November 1st, 2017 50310 CabControl Wireless Control System Completely wireless model railroad operation Ergonomic Android based remote control unit with TFT display Internal database capable of holding more than 16,000 locomotives with specific names and symbols Up to 28 functions per locomotive Easy to create multiple unit consists Capable of configuring and controlling more than 1,000 turnouts and other accessories Updatable with internet...

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An All-New Intermountain  HO Scale GE C44-9W is Coming!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in News |

  A line-up of new Chicago & Northwestern GE C44-9Ws in Bill, Wyoming in July 1994. Intermountain announced a new run of HO GE C44-9W locomotives in 2016 originally expected to arrive in 2017. However, due to the huge success of the new Intermountain Tier 4 GEVOs with heavier, smoother, and more powerful motor drives, Intermountain has decided to deliver the new Dash-9s with the new motor drive incorporated. The C44-9W’s will also have the hugely improved LED...

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Tony’s Now Has Intermountain HO Scale Tier 4 GEVO’s Back In Stock!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in News |

We currently have these Tier 4 GEVOs available in all five original road names, but quantities are extremely limited. Intermountain just announced a 2nd run of the original five paint schemes and the new Navajo Mine Railroad, expected February 2018. Click the road name links below to view available in-stock road numbers and preorder your locomotives to guarantee you get yours in the next run.       *Pre-order deadline for the 2nd run is September 30, 2017...

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DCC Specialties PSX Daisy Chain Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR On A Wye Tail Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR on Wye Leg Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR Reverse Loop Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

  Before wiring, ensure the Programming Jumper is on pins J3.2 & J3.3 to operate [Pin J3.1 is nearest the center of the PSX-AR circuit board] Cut isolating gaps in the rails between PSX/PSX-AR zones, and stagger the gaps by about 0.75” [21mm] If you are using both PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR auto reversers on a layout and the locomotive hesitates when crossing a reverse gap, program the PSX controlling the track adjacent to the PSX-AR: Program CV55=1 [enable delay]...

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DCC Specialties PSX Power Booster District Diagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

There are two types of power districts: Single power district per booster or multiple power districts on a single booster. In either case, you want a PSX or PSX-AR protecting each power district. If you have a single booster for a power district, you still want a PSX-1 protecting that district. The reason is that the protective circuitry in the booster is designed to protect the booster, NOT your $1000 fully lit, full sound, decoder equipped, fully detailed scale model. The...

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Tony’s Trains Video Review Intermountain HO Scale GE ET44AC Tier 4 GEVO

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Tony's TV |

This latest release from Intermountain of the HO scale GE ET44AC Tier 4 GEVO checks all the boxes: Superb sound from ESU Loksound Road name and number specific Ultra detail Super heavy at over 1.6 pounds Silky smooth movement Ultra bright LEDs Very limited first run Tier 4 GEVOS instock. Intermountain has announced 2nd run due early 2018. Pre-order now before they are gone! ...

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DCC Specialties Hare Current Draw

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Each turnout will draw about 35mA counting the LED current and the stall current of the Tortoise switch machines. Thus if you have 30 of these, you will draw approximately 1.0 amperes, which is well within the ability of a 5amp booster. As a note, unless you leave S1 with ALL switches OFF, it is NOT a good idea to run the Hares on a separate bus. This is because if you turn ON S1 switches, they allow the Hare to route its input power to the rails. This means each switch is...

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Blackstone Models Announces 2nd Release of D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in News |

Road Numbers to be Released Road No. 36 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 52 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 47 Moffat Tunnel Herald Road No. 54 Flying Grande Herald Road No. 50 Moffat Tunnel Herald Road No. 69 Flying Grande Herald Model Details The second release of D&RGW 30-Foot Refrigerator Cars will come “SoundCar-ready” so you can easily add a SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder. The cars were originally built by American Car & Foundry in 1908. Known as...

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