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DCC Sound decoders for Recently Released Athearn & Intermountain Models

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Locomotives, News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Which DCC Sound Decoders are right for your locomotives? With so many new models arriving in our store weekly, we can  recommend a SoundTraxx or ESU Loksound decoder for each of them. We’re taking the guesswork out of that process by starting a new Tony’s Tip to help suggest after market SoundTraxx and ESU products for all those “Sound-Ready” locomotives on our shelves. We’re kicking this month off with a recent release of GP7 & GP9 locomotives from Athearn...

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Using Tsunami2 with SoundCar Decoder

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

The Tsunami SoundCar decoder was designed as an interactive sound system for your rolling stock to complete the sounds made by the train as it passes by. Once the locos pass, the noises made by the train, wheel click, flange squeal, brake set and release, flat spots, refrigeration unit or small generator, etc. are all part of the ambiance that rail fans experience. SoundCar is not simply a sound clip playback device. The SoundCar is watching the DCC track signal for...

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ESU LokSound Micro Select Installation in Atlas N Dash 8-40CW

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations |

Hank Boiselle, our Master N scale Installer and resident ESu expert, installed an ESu LokSound Select Micro in an Atlas Dash 8-40CW. Hank reworked the frame by removing apx 0.25mm from the side and reducing the height another 0.30mm under the speakers. This allowed Hank to build two custom enclosures to accomodate two of our SuperSonic Mini Speakers. Hank then mounted two 0603 smd LEDs on the end of each enclosure for the loco’s...

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TCS Wow Steam in a Bachmann Vanderbilt Tender

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Locomotives, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

A customer of Tony’s was kind enough to share some pictures of his sound decoder project. Bob used the Train Control Systems [TCS] Wow Steam decoder and Keep Alive. Bob used a JST Harness  to connect the decoder to the Bachmann circuit board in the tender. He then neatly placed the TDS SuperSonic Mini speakers in the bottom of the tender which he drilled out Hi, I just wanted to thank Erik for his advice on installing the TCS wow sound and SuperSonic mini speakers in...

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Heat Sinking The Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Locomotives, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Heat Sinking The Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis Soundtraxx The popular Soundtraxx Micro Tsunamis are ideal for adding sound to some small HO and some N scale locomotives where options have not been available in the past! There has been one major hurdle that has made this difficult. The Micro Tsunami overheating and shutting down when operating near the 0.75 Amp max current rating. We were very fortunate that one of our customers, Latham S, a retired engineer and model...

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