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Installing SoundTraxx Decoders in HO Scale Bowser SD40-2

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Locomotives, Tony's Tips |

Bowser Manufacturing has released another production run of their GMD (General Motors Diesel – the Canadian division of EMD) SD40-2 locomotives in HO scale. These uniquely Canadian models will be offered in road names including: CP, CN, BC RAIL, Ontario Rail, HLCX, St. L.&H and QNS&L. The Tsunami2 and Econami 21PNEM series of Digital Sound Decoders fit right into these models making the installation process easier than ever. Combine these SoundTraxx decoders with a...

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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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CMX Clean Machine and Caig DeOxit Clean Dirty Track with Excellent Results

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Locomotives, Tony's Tips |

Why DCC locomotives appear to short out on track Larry: Out of curiosity why does an engine encountering dirty track cause a PSX to trip? I know, I’m not using my CMX as often as I should, but I still wanted to understand what’s happening electronically. I have set the PSX CV55=1 and CV65=32 enabling a delay of 4ms. Thanks for all the help.—————–Bob A. in New Hampshire   Bob: Most of today’s engines have very large capacitors...

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Video Review Korea Brass HO GE U25C Locomotive With TCS WOW Diesel Decoder

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Locomotives, News, Tony's TV |

We have just received the Korea Brass U25C’s with TCS WOW Diesel Decoders. We’re impressed with this first offering featuring a silky smooth drive train and motor, very well rendered plastic injection molding for the shell and details, and TCS’s new WOW Diesel decoder with the appropriate GE FDL-16 sound files. Based upon our inital inspection and testing, we hope Korea Brass and TCS bring more to the market soon. The Korea Brass U25C is available in...

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Installing DCC in the Proto 1000 HO Scale RDC

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

This document is based upon instructions given in a web page provided by Tony’s Train Exchange. Life Like and Walthers Proto have made a number of HOscale models of the Budd Rail Diesel Car [RDC]. These models were released as part of their Proto 1000 range and cover three of the five types of RDC; the all-passenger RDC-1, the baggage/passenger combination RDC-2, and the baggage/Travelling Post Office/passenger RDC-3. These were released directly by Likelife Products...

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