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.