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.
A detailed 2nd look at the Genesis ES40DC & ES44DC GEVO with SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC Sound Decoder
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.
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 now!
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
We explore some of the new throttle and braking features of the SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC sound decoder. Initial impressions are SoundTraxx has hit the nail on the head in modeling how real locomotives operate. Just click the links to purchase the Tsunami2 and Genesis SD70’s
The most recent version of the Genesis EMD SD70M has just arrived. Featuring flawless paint, super high detail and the newest SoundTraxx Tsunami2 DCC sound decoder to match a fantastic model, the evolution of scale modeling continues to reach new levels. Check out our review to get a glimpse of these big, heavy duty locomotives go through their paces.
The Cross Hare is designed to provide all of the functions you need to control a one or two track grade crossing in a prototypical manner. The Cross Hare uses up to 8 optical sensors for train detection and to control the sequencing of the crossing. While the Cross Hare is designed to work with a dual track crossing, you can also use it with a single track crossing by only using 4 of the sensors. The Cross Hare will automatically detect whether it needs to watch one or two tracks. Should you not want to use the optical sensors, the Cross Hare will also operate using a simple on/off input such as from a block detector output (e.g. DCC Specialties Block Watcher).
The Cross Hare for Gates Kit includes:
- 1 Cross Hare Control Board
- 1 Cross Hare Interface Board
- 1 Connection Wire Harness [Connect Cross Hare to Interface Board]
- 1 Tomar H-863B Crossing Gate Signal Kit
- 1 TDS 28mm Bass Speaker
- Tort Conn Edge Connector
- Circuitron Tortoise 800-6000
- Circuitron Activator 800-8100
- Circuitron Actuator 800-8101
- 4 Optic Cross Hare sensors. More can be purchased separately for double track configurations.
Athearn continues to produce high quality models and the SD40M-2 is an outstanding example of a fairly popular rebuild. Units of these locomotives still run the rails today. In fact, in our own backyard here in northern Vermont, the New England Central has at least two of these units that go by us daily across the Winooski River bridge just south of Essex Junction.
The ESU Loksound decoders are coupled with two SuperSonic Mini speakers providing superb sound quality and outstanding customized motor control. See and listen for yourself:
ESU has just announced a new software upgrade, “Full Throttle” for LokSound v4.0 and Select sound decoders. Within the next few weeks ESU will be updating all of the LokSound Select and North American V4.0 diesel files with the new features. Check out the video below.