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Bowser Trains Update

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in News |

We spoke with Gerry Seleck at Bowser today concerning the expected delivery of locomotives. Gerry told us Bowser is still in the process of securing manufacturing facilities for most of their locos and it will probably be the middle of 2019 before customers can really expect to see their locos start coming in. Bowser definitely plans to produce everything and is still in the process of finding manufacturing facilities for all their projects. We ask for your patience and...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR Add-On Circuit

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

  I have a PSX-AR with snap coil and network feedback, which I bought a few weeks ago.  I’m trying to wire up an LED indicator for my control panel to show short-circuit status and use the Push Button Add-on Circuit [shown above]. However, the two pins the manual mentions, J4-5 and J4-6, don’t provide any power. The manual has a short description of these pins, and it says, “This is an optically isolated open collector transistor and provides no...

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NCE Price Increase

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in News |

Rapidly escalating parts and labor costs in the electronics industry have necessitated a price increase for the first time in the 25 year history of NCE. NCE has avoided raising their prices for as long as possible, but they can no longer prolong the inevitable. Lead time on many common electronics components has grown from immediate availability to 45 or more weeks. This results in NCE having to pay a premium price as much as 15 times normal for timely delivery of many...

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SoundTraxx Announces New Tsunami2 EMD-2 Decoders

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in News |

The new EMD ‘Dash 2’ (EMD-2) Tsunami2 Digital Sound Decoder provides 8 new prime mover selections. This decoder is available in all Tsunami2 board formats and gives you a jaw-dropping 42.4 Million sound combinations to choose from. This is an additional decoder to the Tsunami2 line and will not replace the current Tsunami2 EMD Digital Sound Decoder. The new part numbers are listed below. Order yours today! EMD-2 Sound Selections P.N.                Description...

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SoundTraxx Announces New Tsunami2 Steam Decoders

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in News |

The new Tsunami2 Steam Digital Sound Decoders are now available. The new steam decoders have 90 whistles to choose from (28 new whistles over and above the original Steam model!). Add this to the already extensive list of bells, air compressors, exhaust chuffs and more, and you now have a mind-warping 2.2 Billion sound combinations in one decoder! These decoders will replace the current Tsunami2 steam decoder. The new part numbers are listed below. Order yours today!...

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Athearn Genesis HO SD70 Series New Locos Are Now In Stock!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in News |

  Norfolk Southern’s Illinois Terminal Heritage Unit, SD70ACe #1072 The new run of Athearn Genesis SD70 series locomotives features some first time paint schemes as well as some old favorites and many of them are going fast. They are all equipped with LED lighting, loads of prototype specific details, and are available in DC or with Tsunami2 Sound & DCC. Click on the links below the images of your favorite road names to view available road numbers and place...

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Athearn Genesis HO SD70ACe & SD70M-2 Series New Locos Arriving July 30th!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in News |

  Vermont Railway SD70M-2 #432 and #431 lead a mixed freight through Vermont The latest run of Athearn Genesis SD70 series locomotives is slated to arrive at the end of this month and we expect them to go fast. These splendid locomotives will be equipped with LED lighting, loads of prototype-specific details, and will be available in DC or with Tsunami2 Sound & DCC. Click on the links below the images of your favorite road names to view available road numbers and...

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Broadway Limited Imports Loads of Locomotives coming Summer 2018! 

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in News |

So far this summer Broadway Limited Imports has been delivering new runs of locomotives faster than we can keep up with them! We wanted to share a comprehensive listing of all the exciting BLI locomotives which are currently available and/or are coming in the next few weeks. Simply click on the links below each image to view the available road number and place your order. Remember, Tony’s has great prices on all of our locomotives and we’re glad to assist you...

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Rapido Announces New Locomotive: HO Scale ALCo RS-11

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in News |

Norfolk & Western #318 in blue shows off its rugged good looks Rapido Trains has announced a new HO scale locomotive sure to generate a lot of excitement, the ALCo RS-11! These venerable workhorses could be found on railroads all across the country from the late 1950s up through the early 1980s. With Rapido’s reputation for fidelity to the prototype, these are sure to become one of their most popular releases. Click on the links below the images of your favorite...

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4th of July Star Spangled Speaker Sale!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in News |

In celebration of our nation’s independence, Tony’s is giving you a great deal on our TDS SuperSonic Speakers and Enclosures. Simply purchase any of the below-listed sound decoders and get 50% off our TDS SuperSonic Speakers & Enclosures. (*Limit of 2 speakers and 2 enclosures per decoder purchased.) Click on the links to order your decoders and speakers/enclosures. Then use the coupon code “spangled” when checking out to receive the discount....

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Tony’s Makes Finding ESU Loksound Decoders Easy!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in News |

ESU has the largest offering of sound decoders in different physical formats and plug configurations along with a huge collection of locomotive sounds. Keeping everything in order and up to date in an easy to find format took a little bit of thinking on our part so you can find the right decoder for your model, with the right sound file to match your locomotive prototype. So, we have decided to divide each Loksound decoder model into 7 variations based on the locomotive...

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SoundTraxx Tsunami2 June Trade-Up Promotion!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in News |

  Click the video image below and George from SoundTraxx will give you all the details of this exciting Summer promotion! Do you have some locos with some older sound decoders that lack the features you’ve come to appreciate in the new SoundTraxx Tsunami2 decoders and you’ve been thinking about upgrading them? Or maybe you just have some older sound decoders that you wish you could trade-in for the new Tsunami2? Well SoundTraxx is offering a fantastic...

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Grade Crossing Comparison

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

We did some research on Logic Rail and Circuitron crossing controllers. Feel free to verify our results, but we tried to make an apples to apples comparison. The Cross Hare does two tracks (expandable) with photocells, drives the Tortoise directly, controls the flashers (simulates incandescent or modern LED styles), provides bell sounds and includes sensors and speaker. The Cross Hare also provides prototypical operation if the train triggers the crossing but does not enter...

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QSI Titan with Stay Alive Capacitor

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

Adding a stay alive capacitor to a QSI Titan U type decoder is easy. Simply solder the common blue wire of the stay alive capacitor to the common blue wire of the decoder and the remaining black wire to the Titan’s small-cap black wire. Some of the most popular stay alive caps we recommend are from TCS and SoundTraxx: TCS 1668 KA4 KeepAlive TCS 2000 KA3 KeepAlive SoundTraxx 810140 CurrentKeeper QSI Titan U Type Decoder with Stay Alive...

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ESU Loksound Select Micro 73800 Installation in WalthersSW1

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

We recently installed a Loksound Select Micro in an older Walthers SW1. These Walthers units were produced in the late 90’s and early 2000’s by Roco and featured a smooth running mechanism and a well-executed plastic shell. For this project, we disassembled an ESU PowerPack stay alive and separated the control board from the capacitor. The Loksound 73800 Slect Micro decoder was placed over the motor with the PowerPack control board stacked over the decoder. TTX...

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NCE Throttle Cab Address

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Tony's Tips |

Each NCE cab MUST have a unique Cab address. The address range is based on which NCE DCC System is being used; Power Cab or the PH Pro. To reset any NCE throttle including the Power Cab: Hold down the <select loco> key while plugging in Release the button. You can now read or change cab address. To make no changes press enter. W With the cursor blinking, press the number buttons to select a new address Press <enter>, or Use 00 to reset the cab to factory...

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