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Gift Certificates...
Because you really don't need an electric towel warmer...
Be sure to tell your friends and family where to get the best holiday and Birthday Gift Certificates this year...




Here are a couple of great websites I have come across on the WWW that I want to share.  I think you will enjoy them too.



Flying Yankee Restoration Group



Nickel Plate Road No. 765




Calculators & Reference Data...


DCC Tips from the Backshop...


I have added some additional content to the "Sugar Cube" Speakers page to share new techniques for getting the best possible form this fantastic product.


MRC Prodigy Throttle Network


I have added a new page to share how I made a throttle network for the MRC Prodigy DCC Command Station for my home layout using off-the-shelf components from the local big-box hardware store.

Digitrax PX112-10 Power Xtender

I have added a page of application notes for the new Digitrax Power Xtenders.  This looks like a good value since you get a Keep-Alive device and a speaker for a good price but there are few things to know about how and where to use it.

More Great Info

Don't forget to visit the Tutorials, Tips & Tricks section of my website for lots of great DCC info and How-To's.


Welcome to the January 2014 edition of my monthly newsletter.

I hope you like the new look. The number of subscribers has exceeded the limits of my email system so I have had to sign up for a "professional" email marketing service. Thanks to you all for marking up. I hope you find the content useful. It isn't free any more so I hope to make it worth while for us both.

In the process of revamping the format, I have also decided to consolidate the three separate lists I was trying to manage into one. No sense in pretending I am going to do three separate publications every month... I can barely manage one, right? Besides, every month was a "combined" edition so we may as well call a duck a duck. The new service makes it easy enough to opt out if you do not wish to receive future editions but I do hope you will stay on board. The ride is smooth and quiet and scenery is spectacular.

It is really cold and really snowy here in central Indiana. It has given me some extra time to work on this newsletter, the store and a few decoder installations. If your view looks the same I bet you have logged a few hours in the train room too.

I hope you will keep SBS4DCC in mind as you dig out old projects or tear into new ones over the next few months. I also offer locomotives, rolling stock, track and landscaping in addition to one of the best selections of DCC products on the planet.

As I head into my fifth year as Streamlined Backshop, I pause to thank each of you again. A business ceases to exist without customers and I am blessed to be able to serve you. I am grateful to have this opportunity to fuel your passion for model railroading too.

Five years! That's crazy man.

Thank you for your interest, your patience and your patronage.

High Ball...

All Greens To SBS4DCC
In the news this month...


I am pleased to announce the addition of Tam Valley Depot products to my store.  


Tam Valley offers many great products including Frog Juicers and SwitchWright DCC Switch Machines.  I have stock on order for several popular products and will add the rest of the line as soon as I can.


Digitrax has released v2.0 of the decoder manual which is available for download off their website.  The recently released SDH Series 6 sound decoders complimented by their new Power Xtender Keep-Alive's are in stock ready to ship.
Digitrax has also just announced two new SDN Series 6 sound decoders, a new Power Xtender Keep-Alive, and a new DZ126T sub-micro decoder...



JMRI v3.7.1 Development Release is now available for download.  One important note about this version is that this is the first version to include a working function map table for the  ESU v4.0 LokPilot, LokSound and Select line of decoders.  All prior versions did not work correctly and should not be used with the Loks.


QSI Solutions has the full line of large scale decoders including the Titan Magnum andTitan Aristo in stock and available to ship.  I will be adding this product to the store shortly.


The Roco Z21 DCC Command Station is in stock and ready to ship.  This is one of the most modern command stations on the market featuring integrated Plug and Play Wi-Fi and LAN support making it super easy to use your smartphone or tablet for a throttle.  The system also supports nearly every type of control bus including LocoNet, R-Bus, CAN-Bus, X-Bus, and the Sniffer-Bus so it is fully compatible with most throttle busses currently on the market.


The Z21 system has a ton of great features.  Be sure to check it out.


I have added a small improvement to the store recently.  Customers are now able to rate products based on their experiences.  


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Now Arriving, Track 1...

SBS4DCC "Sugar Cube" Speakers are here! 

Well, mostly...  I am still waiting for delivery of the 8x12s but the other models are now in stock.

They come in four sizes with different baffle options for each size.

That is sixteen "Sweet" speaker options!

Don't forget to see my Application Notes page for tips and tricks that really make these things rock.

Now Arriving, Track 2...


I have a couple of the new HO Intermountain 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward in stock and ready to ship.  These feature factory installed ESU LokSound sound decoders and a great sound file that features both the air horn and steam whistle to make sure the grade crossings stay clear. 


Most versions are still available in HO scale at the factory.  Email me if you are looking for a specific model or road number.


I also have several of the new N Intermountain 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward's in stock and ready to ship.  These can be converted to DCC with sound using the same great sound file as the HO units.



Now Arriving, Track 3...


Due in early February...

The N Scale Atlas RS3's are reportedly on the water and will be in the store any day now.  It's not to late to get one and save with my Pre-Order Special.

Other recent arrivals at SBS4DCC include a great selection HO Scale Track and N Scale Track from Atlas,  Kato and Peco.


Flag Stop... 
What YOU See Is What I Have


SBS4DCC - Stock Status Information


Just a reminder that SBS4DCC features real-time inventory tracking.  If it says it is in stock... it IS...  I try to maintain a strong selection of DCC and Model Railroad products and try not to hide what I do not stock yet.  I appreciate the opportunity to provide catalog items when you can wait a few extra days as this makes a huge difference in my ability to grow and expand my selection.


Every now and then, I do run out of an item.  Backorders are accepted on many stock items and orders can still be placed for those items through the web store.


Don't see what you need?  I have a growing list of suppliers so be sure to ask about any product you need that is not listed on my site.  

Now Boarding... 
New Product Announcements


Be sure to take advantage of my no-obligation Pre-Order Special featuring $1 domestic shipping.  No deposit is required and payment is not due until the units are in stock.


Some great new products have been announced this month.  Just have a look at this list!


GHB International PRR L1 2-8-2 Mikado


GHB International has announced a sweet new N Scale steam locomotive for delivery in 2014, the Pennsylvania Railroad Class L1 2-8-2 Mikado.  I have been personally involved in the project to offer input on N scale mechanisms and to spec the electrical to insure DCC compatability.  


I cannot discuss the details but I can say that George Barsky of GHB International is really doing his homework on this project to make sure it will be a top performer as well as a first class representation of an iconic steam locomotive from "The Standard Railroad of the World".


I am taking no-obligation reservations now for this project which is sure to be a sellout.  Quantities will be limited.  Price and delivery are still subject to change.


Don't miss your chance to own one of these jewels!  Reserve your unit today.

If the engine weren't sweet enough, ESU, LLC now has the recordings necessary to generate a proper steam sound file with the PRR "Banshee" steam whistle which will be available for the LokSound Select for those who want to hear it in all her glory.  


This model will be available from SBS4DCC with or without sound installed.


I can provide a version of this file to my customers today on the LokSound V4.0 series sound decoders if anyone is interested.

V3 of the new TCS WOW-Sound decoder features a "Banshee" steam whistle also.  


There is a chance this decoder will fit in the tender.  I am waiting for the final specs to know for sure.


The TCS WOW-Sound is in stock and ready to ship.

And for HO Scale modelers, I have the GHB International superb rendition of the Reading Crusader in stock and ready to ship.  


Be sure to ask about DCC for this model too.


Additional New & Pre-Orders Models...


Here are some additional pre-orders announced this month.  Be sure to reserve you models now to insure availability.


HO InterMountain GE ES44AC "GEVO" NS Heritage


Intermountain has announced a second release of the popularNorfolk Southern Heritageunits including the popular Pennsylvania RR and Conrail models.



N Atlas EMD GP9-TT


Atlas has announced a new release of the GP9-TT model of this classic first generation diesel that was used in freight, commuter, and passenger service on nearly every railroad in America.


N Kato E8A & Smoothside Car Sets


Kato has announced two additional smoothside car set in VIA Rail Canada and Illinois Central livery.

Designed to run with Kato EMD E8 locomotives
Passenger Car Features:

Available in both 6-car and 4-car packaged sets of un-numbered cars for modelers to build their own trains.
Each car is equipped with low flange wheels, KATO magnetic knuckle couplers and shock absorber construction for smooth and reliable operation.



And don't forget I carry a fantastic selection of DCC products from all of the best manufacturers including CT ElektroniksDigitraxElectronic Solutions Ulm (ESU)Lenz,MRCNCEQSI SolutionsRoco Z21SoundtraxxTCS and Zimo.


Visit SBS4DCC today!

DCC Links...
CT Electronik
DCC Specialties
ESU - Electronik Solutions
JMRI - Decoder Pro
Lenz USA
MRC - Model Rectifier Corp
NCE - North Coast Engineering
Olin's Depot
QSI Solutions
Roco - smartRail
Roco - z21 DCC
Tam Valley Depot
Team Digital
TCS - Train Control Systems
Zimo Electronik


The ECoS 50200 is the second generation of the successful ECoS command station. With the latest ECoS command station, ESU continues to offer state-of-the-art digital technology combined with contemporary functional range and easy handling for a fair price-performance ratio.


Discover the fascinating possibilities of the ECoS command station on the following pages. 

But take heed: ECoS performance is so good, that even we had to re-read a few passages to believe it!

We are excited to introduce a Tsunami Digital Sound Decoder that can be easily installed into InterMountain Railway Company HO diesel models. 


As a plug and play format board, the TSU-IM1000 fits perfectly as a drop-in replacement for the light board. 


Hardware is already in place to accommodate the use of LEDs without the need for resistors. It also includes a speaker wiring harness (speakers are sold separately).

The Keep-Alive (KA) devices are used to supply power to decoders during times of power interruption due to dirty track or problematic track work. 
KA2 will power an HO-Scale loco at speed step 10 of 128 with headlights on for about 13 to 40 seconds.

The MRT Accutrak Speedometer is a free standing, battery operated scale speedometer HO and N scales.
Its design is based upon infrared beams which create a "trap" zone through which the train travels.


Finally! A small speaker that will rock your world.  
Four Sizes
Four Baffles


Long gone are the days when you wished you could hear your N-Scale sound-equipped diesel or steam locomotive. 
My Sound Cars are so loud, you'll have to turn the volume down! 
The best part of the design is that the unit operates on track power by using my exclusive truck mounted contacts.


Bring your crack passenger trains to life with the brilliance and intensity of flicker-free LED lighting at an affordable price. 



Compact Design

Choice Of Color


Multiple LEDs

Constant Non-Directional Design


Easy Decoder Mounting


Expandable Anti-Flicker Circuit


DCC-Friendly Design 


Adjustable Brightness


Accessory Lighting Pads 


Z, N and HO Scale Models Available




Bring your varnish, business cars, crummies, hacks, and vans to life with the brilliance and intensity of LED lighting and harness the power of DCC for your cabeese and passenger car fleet. 



Compact Design


Constant Non-Directional Design


Expandable Anti-Flicker Circuit


DCC-Friendly Design 



Perfect for making sound cars and for adding interior lighting to passenger cars and cabooses.
Wheel and Axle Styles
Mounting Hardware
Z, N, and HO Models Available