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This edition of my newsletter is quite possibly the most exciting issue I have written.

My business began several years ago with cold call from a customer requesting a custom project.  I liked the concept enough to invest the next year and a half developing the key component to solve the problem.  Fast forward five years, that idea has come full circle.  

Today is a great day.

Imagine with me for one minute the experience of getting caught at a railroad crossing and the dramatic event that ensues.  If you're a railfan, it's like having front row seats for a recital of Beethoven's 5th Symphony or AC/DC's For Those About To Rock.

As the gate's go down, you hear the faint wail of the locomotive horn on the horizon.
Seconds pass and the wail intensifies to a piercing harmony of air chimes and you feel the impending onslaught of twelve thousand horsepower racing against time.

A few seconds later you're awestruck by the mass and power of this rolling fracas hammering you in your seat.

As the power passes, your heart rate returns to normal and your gaze turns to the endless string of steel vessels being drug along by brute force.  

The "woosh" of the passing cars is almost therapeutic as you enjoy the passing canvas of corporate branding masked by graffiti expressionism... Modern Art. 
You note the cadence of steel wheels banging on a fresh track joint.  

You turn to look for the flat spot on the tired wheel of a worn out scrap steel gon knowing full well it coasting past you at thirty miles per hour.  

Which one is it! 

Suddenly your head spins again to catch the bark of a flange squealing off the hard edge of a hundred pound rail.  

The performance continues relentlessly for the next three hundred seconds with same intensity with which it began.

As the last car passes, your gaze turns to the steady pulse of the End-Of-Train marker signaling the end of this act.

You move along to your destination, hoping you might get lucky enough to get caught at the next crossing for an encore performance.

Recreating this symphony of sound in miniature has been a dream of mine for years.

Today, that dream IS reality.

Introducing the Tsunami SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder...

Now your train is no longer limited to locomotive sounds! The 16-bit Tsunami SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder™ is the only DCC decoder to replicate railcar sounds, such as the clickety-clack, flange squeal, flat spots, generator, brake cylinders, and glad hand release. It also includes a selection of user-adjustable horns, bells and whistles for cab cars and cabooses. For even more realism, the decoder has four Hyperlight lighting outputs for interior and exterior lights.

These universal-style decoders measure 47mm x 14mm x 8.5mm and are easy to install in N to G scales. They work with any 8-ohm speaker.  For the optimal experience, use a SoundCar decoder in every third or fourth car in a consist.

The SoundCar also includes a 2-pin plug for optionally using the SoundTraxx CurrentKeeper™ to maintain sounds and lights during momentary power losses due to finicky wheel pickups and not-so-perfect track.

SoundCar Sound Effects!
  • Airhorns: Wabco E2, Nathan K5LA and Hancock air whistle
  • Bells: Cast, electric and gong
  • Brake cylinders
  • Brake squeal
  • Clickety-clack: Adjustable for 2-, 4- and 6-axle cars
  • Coupler clank and pin drop
  • Coupler release with glad hand separation
  • Flange squeal
  • Flat spots
  • Emergency brake valve ("big hole")
  • Generators: User-adjustable for reefers and passenger cars
  • Hand brake tie down and untie
  • Retainer bleed-off

BIG Sound Features!

The SoundCar decoder features new and accurate recordings, most of which can be customized to accommodate a variety of rolling stock. Furthermore, the decoder has automated sound sequences and auto-adjusting features for prototypical operation.

Intelligent Consisting™ Consisting Made Easy

With the SoundCar, your switching sessions can be more realistic than ever! Our easy-to-use Intelligent Consisting™ lets you add and remove cars from your train without tricky programming. When the mode is activated, you can simply wave a magnet over the cars to quickly cut them in or out of the consist. Just like a brakeman with a brake club, this action is synced with a sound effect of the car's hand brakes being tied or untied.

  • Size: 1.85 x .55 x 0.34 Inch (47 x 14 x 8.5 mm)
  • Connection: Hardwire
  • Function Outputs: 4
  • Function Current: 100mA (each output)
  • Audio Amplifier: 1 Watt, 8 Ohm Load 

Also available:

I have been advised this new model is in production now in Durango and will be available by the end of the month.  Pre-order your Tsunami SoundCars today at Streamlined Backshop.
Be sure to visit for a great selection of our exclusive Wheel and Axle Wipers, Sound Car Kits, and Ready-To-Run Train Sound Cars.  My line of Sound Car products was developed specifically for this application.  
WOW!  Finally a decoder to complete the project!!

SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder
SoundTraxx Tsunami SoundCar Digital Sound Decoder

Also Available from Streamlined Backshop...

 This product is perfect for use in making sound cars and for adding interior lighting to your models. They offer the reliability of 8-wheel pick-up. Best of all, since they are track powered, we now have the ability to add function decoders to our cars to control interior and marker lights. Place a resistor across the contacts and they can be used instead of resistance wheel sets to trigger DCC signal detection devices like the NCE BD20. The uses for this contact are endless. Have fun!

Streamlined Backshop Sound Car Kits


Streamlined Backshop Ready-To-Run Sound Cars and Tsunami Train Sound Cars

Streamlined Backshop Services offers our stand-alone R-T-R Sound Cars and D-I-Y Sound Car Kits for sale. 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.

The benefits of this design include:

  • No hassle design means no wires, no batteries, no hands.
  • Cars can be consisted with any decoder equipped locomotive any time.
  • Cars can be equipped with almost any decoder you choose, price varies by model.
  • Some decoders are programmable so the sound file can updated as desired with the use of the appropriate programmer.
  • Many different car types can be used including box cars, reefers, gondolas, autoracks, some hoppers, some tank cars, express reefers and box cars, RPO cars, baggage cars, coaches, RDC's, tenders and dummy diesels, .
  • The car body acts as a massive speaker baffle providing an incredible range of sounds and huge volume.
  • One car can add sound to your entire fleet for a fraction of the cost.
Kits include instructions and all of the parts you need to build your own car except a car and a decoder.
Let me do the work so you can have some fun!  R-T-R cars are, well, R-T-R.

Not-so-perfect track? Is the model lacking multiple good track pickups? Now you and your customers can experience hiccup-free sound and operation with any DCC decoders with our new CurrentKeeper.

The CurrentKeeper provides continuous sound and smooth operation by maintaining uninterrupted electrical power for up to 10 seconds - perfect for dirty track and finicky runners. Sized at 40mm x 6mm x 11mm, the CurrentKeeper will fit easily in your decoder installs.

  • Size: 1.58 x 0.24 x 0.44 Inch (40.0 x 6.0 x 11.0 mm)
  • Connection: 2-pin JST


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.


I also offer a number of catalog items.  These are products I am able to offer but not able to stock.  Please call or email to confirm availability and lead time.


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.  

SBS4DCC Products...

Finally! A small speaker that will rock your world.  


Four Sizes
Eight Baffles
Thirty Two Sweet Speaker Options



SBS4DCC Varnish Lighting 


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



Constant Non-Directional Design


Expandable Anti-Flicker Circuit


DCC-Friendly Design 


Adjustable Brightness


Z, N and HO Scale Models Available





DCC Tools...
The ESU LokTester is a stand-alone DCC Decoder Test Station compatible with any brand of decoder or command station.

Screw Terminal
Next18 NEM661
6-Pin NEM651
8-Pin NEM652
PluX NEM658
21MTC NEM660


6 Function LEDs
5-pole Motor
20mm Speaker

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.

Accutrak Features:

Ideal for DCC speed matching DCC


Operates on 2 AAA batteries


Scale Selectable  - N or HO



And don't forget I carry a fantastic selection of DCC products from all of the best manufacturers including Aux-BoxCT Elektroniks, DCC Concepts CobaltDCC SpecialtiesDigitraxElectronic Solutions Ulm (ESU)LenzMRC, MRT AccutrackNCE, Olin's DepotQSI SolutionsRoco Z21Soundtraxx, SPROGTam Valley DepotTCS, Team Digital and Zimo.


Visit SBS4DCC today!