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 couple with two SuperSonic Mini speakers provide 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.
Bachmann recently released their newest HO scale geared logging locomotive and it’s a beauty. The two truck Climax comes from the factory ready to run on DCC with a speaker already installed. You’ll need to plug the sound module onto the circuit board located in the bunker. This is accomplished by removing the bunker load [fastened by magnets] and simply mating the sound module to the circuit baord. It’s the simplest install of DCC sound in a locomotive we’ve seen.
The locomotive has high level of detail applied, well executed paint and the mechanics of the gearing are 1st rate. The angled cylinders connected to the main gear wheel provide a terrific visual of the mechanics. Check out the Climax in action below.
The third release of the ultra modern heavy haul diesels Genesis ES44AC GEVO’s feature DCC Tsunami sound from SoundTraxx, fantastic detailing and and are one my personal favorite models available. See them in action in our review:
The last several years, Bachmann has producing some of the best value models available. We like many of the most releases not only for their quality, but also because they have a relatively large space under the shell. This little ALCo S4 features the latest 21 pin LokSound Select DCC decoder, two TDS Mini SuperSonic speakers and a TCS 1622 Motherboard with KeepAlive. Way to go Bachmann!
In this video installment we take a look at setting up one of our programming stations. We do a lot of sound decoder installations, many featuring QSI Titan and ESU LokSound decoders which require a dedicated programmer for loading sound files.
The PC tablet in this video runs ESU, QSI and JMRI’s Decoder Pro software for programming LokSound, QSI, TCS WOW, & SoundTraxx sound decoders. We use JMRI to program Loksound, TCS WOW and SoundTraxx cv’s and QSI’s CVmanager for the QSI Titans.
The NCE Power Cab is a self contained DCC system providing DCC power to the test track. The computer interfaces with the NCE Power Cab throttle network via a NCE USB to the Power Cab Panel [PCP]. Track power from the PCP then goes through the DCC Specialties PSX circuit breaker. The PSX is specifically designed to handle the low power out of the NCE Power Cab and Digitrax DCS51 Zephyr. See it all set up in the following video.
The long awaited Great Northern 4-8-4 S-2 Class locomotive is finally here and we are almost sold out, and Broadway Limited is sold out too. We know that this has been on many modeler’s wish list for years and we can tell you they are absolutely stunning. They run beautifully and sound fantastic. Get yours before they’re gone!
See the review here:
We have another fine sample of a recent Bowser release, the Baldwin S-12. The prototype was one of Baldwin’s most successful models; 451 units were produced from 1951 to 1956. Nearly 40 railroads received units from the original production run, and several are still in service today.
Bowser’s model is well rendered with excellent plastic shell molding and paint application. The mechanism is smooth and robust and purrs right along with an ESU LokSound Select 21 pin decoder. The LokSound decoder is coupled to a pair of TDS Mini SuperSonic speakers providing a rich, warm sound quality. A TCS 1622 Motherboard with KeepAlive keeps the short wheelbase switcher moving over poor track conditions.
This review takes a look at our custom installation in Bowser’s Baldwin
DSR-4-4-1000 switcher. The project included an ESU LokSound Select 21 pin decoder, two of our TDS Mini SuperSonic sugar cube type speakers and a TCS 1622 Motherboard for getting around on poor track.
Walthers Proto Great Northern 2000 F3 with TDS SuperSonic Speakers, ESU LokSound and TCS Keep Alive Video Review
This has to be one of the nicest set of EMD F units we seen from any manufacturer, brass or plastic. The makers of injection plastic model locomotives continue to rival brass in developing and bringing to market prototype locomotives with road specific details.
In our opinion, Walthers continues to elevate the bar in plastic locomotives and this set does not disappoint. Our customer wanted us to add ESU LokSound DCC sound decoders and TCS KeepAlives for getting over dirty track. The two SuperSonic sugar cube type speakers per locomotive really make this set of EMD F3’s stand out: