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Welcome to the DCC Edition of the SBS4DCC newsletter.

This edition features a another round of new products additions to the store and great new product announments from the manufacturers.  

All of the DCC suppliers have been busy with new products, new sounds, and new tools.

What great time to be a... Digital Model Railroader!

Sorry... No time for DCC tips this month.  I have been busy at work with new model year prototypes (let me now if you are in the market for a 61" ZT, the new models rock...) and I have been trying to wrap up some late summer projects for Mrs. V so time has been scarce.  

I said, "Please be patient dear, I promise I will get to it THIS coming spring".  She said, "Don't worry about it anymore honey, I will take care of it".  I heard, "I am going to hire somebody to do it and you will pay a mint for it".  She just smiled and said, "I love you SOOO much".

Sorry man...  Had to get it done.

I also continue to add new information to my "Sugar Cube" Speakers page that I hope will help you get even better results from this fantastic solution.

And finally, I would like to note that this is a milestone edition for me.  This train now has over 1000 passengers on board.  Thanks to you all for joining me on this excursion.

So with that... All Aboard!

Featured Product

The New Accutrack II Model Train Speedometer...

Introducing the Accutrack II Model Train Speedometer

Model Railroad Technologies is please to announce the development of the  Accutrack II Speedometer for measuring scale speeds of model railroad locomotives and trains.

The Accutrack II includes several features not present in the original Accutrack Speedometer.  We have listened to customer and dealer input and have incorporated the most desired new features and functions. Although several small changes have been made in the nearly 10 years that the Accutrack has been on the market, no major redesign has been done up until now.

These new features include:

Clearance for HO scale AutoMax cars and double stacks with high box containers. Several modelers running modern equipment could not run their AutoMax equipped trains with through the existing model. With the Accutrack II they can! (see photo).

The addition of OO scale and 148 : 1 N scale to the existing HO and 160 : 1 N scale

The addition of Kilometers per hour (KPH) as a unit of measure for all included scales. 

Scale selection includes the ability to select each of the included scales with measurement displayed in either miles per hour (MPH) or kilometers per hour (KPH).

Display resolution is:
  • .1 mph/kph up to 10
  • 1 mph/kph for 10 and above
Adjustable automatic Power Down time. Originally limited to powering down after 5
minutes of no train activity, this time period is now adjustable from 1 minute to 30 minutes. The power down feature can also be disabled completely, if desired, but re-enabled as desired.

We believe that these new features, coupled with the simple, no installation setup of the original Accutrack, will add to the enjoyment of serious model railroaders, whatever their interest.

Broadway Limited

We've heard it time and time again from our customers. Programming DCC addresses is a hassle and only a small percentage of hobbyists can actually perform this essential task. That's why we've developed the Address Changer. This standalone device is specifically designed to make DCC address programming, reading and resetting a breeze! Hobby shops, train clubs and EVERY DCC user will want one! Preorder now as these are built to order.

  • Simple programming of DCC Addresses with the push of just a few buttons.
  • No confusing menus
  • Standalone design requires no preexisting DCC System
  • 8-pin NMRA decoder slot for use with aftermarket decoders
  • Program track output for preinstalled on-board DCC decoders
  • Program, read & reset DCC decoders and on-board DCC decoders individually or simultaneously
  • Works with all NMRA compliant decoders & locomotives in HO, N and Z scales
  • Power supply included
  • Track for program track operation sold separately

  • Plug in an 8-pin DCC decoder or place a locomotive on the Address Changer's program track (or use both the 8-pin and program track to program, read, reset both decoders at once!).
  • Read the current address, assign a new address or reset the decoder(s) to factory defaults with a few button presses.
  • No separate DCC system required!. 

Digitrax Series 6 Decoders
Digitrax has released two new decoders featuring the new Series 6 firmware and sound upgrades including the SFX006 and DN166I2B designed to fit the 2014 version of the Intermountaion N Scale FP7.

These and many other new Digitrax products are in stock now at SBS4DCC.  

As a bonus for SBS4DCC customers, all of the old models have been marked down and added to my Clearance Items category.  Don't miss out on these great prices!

ESU LokSound Select Decoders

ESU has released a new version of the EMD 567 Non-Turbo sound file and the two steam collection files for the LokSound Select series of sound decoders.  The news files can be downloaded from the ESU website.

ESU has also recently released version 4.4.13 of the LokProgrammer software.  I have been using for a week or so and it seems fairly stable.  The have also released version 1.5 of the template pack.


JMRI 3.9.3 Development Version

Released on September 13, 2014.  This is the next test release in the series working toward an eventual JMRI 3.10 production version in late 2014.

For more information on this test release, please read the JMRI 3.9.3 Release Notes, which also contains the download links. 

MRC Decoder Dr.

MRC has announced a new Programmer and Analyzer tool for DCC users called the Decoder Dr.

Excellent tool for all DCC users. Plug in a new decoder BEFORE installation and check all of its functions before use. Easily perform programming and decoder read back functions. Program, read back, or test decoders by using a section of track or by plugging a decoder into the 8 pin NMRA socket enclosed on the Decoder DR.

DECODER DR. offers MRC's Unique TESTING FEATURE and all these additional features
  • Easy programming
  • Read DCC decoders
  • Program DCC decoders
  • Reassign DCC decoders addresses
  • Reset DCC decoders to factory defaults
  • TEST decoders including cv's such as speed control, head lights, flash rates and all 28 functions including bells, horns, etc.
  • Backlit LCD screen
  • 8-pin NMRA decoder socket for use with all decoders that have a harness
  • Works with all NMRA compliant decoders & locomotives in O, G, HO, N and Z scale

Gladhands... MRC and JMRI

MRC has finally decided to work with JMRI to develop the hardware support interface necessary to use the MRC Prodigy line of DCC command stations seamlessly with the Decoder Pro programming tool and other great features of the software.

This support was introduced in JMRI Development release 3.9.1.  You will need a MRC 1516 USB Cable to connect your command station to the computer.  

You can find additional information about this configuration on the JMRI: MRC/GaugeMaster Prodigy Advanced2 webpage.


  • Direct plug in to Athearn and other locos equipped with NMRA 9 pin DCC "Quick Plug"
  • with small no halt module installed
  • Caution: Not for use with more than 15 Volts track voltage

New Switch 8 Mark2 Accessory Decoder

While not newly released, this accessory decoder and complimentary products are new to SBS4DCC.

Control for 8 Tortoise switch machines

Remembers the position of switch during power outages

Supports the full range of DCC accessory addresses (1-2044)

Easy address programming, no need to connect it to programming track

Connect optional "Button Board" for local push button control

Simple hook up, 2 wires to the track, 2 wires to each switch machine

Add up to 16 push buttons to Switch8-Mk2

Accomodate N.O. Pushbuttons or toggle switches

Simple hook up, 3 wires to Switch8-Mk2

Dual relay board for isolated output of Switch8 or Switch-It.

2 Amp Relay for Connection to Switch-It or Switch 8 Accessory Decoder

Welcome To The NCE Information Station

NCE has created a new Information Station to improve access to manuals, videos, supporting information and help for their product line.

A New QSI Solutions Website

QSI has officially opened their new website,


Besides the new look and updated information, the site has improved access to sound and manual downloads.


Be sure to have a look around.


SBS4DCC has the QSI Titan A and U Sound Decoders back in stock and ready for shipment.

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 WipersSound 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 810140 Tsunami Current Keeper


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 



This 21-Pin, 6 function, WOWSound decoder includes all of the amazing features and incredible performance found in a WOW101 in a shorter form factor with the popular 21-Pin plug. This decoder does not include a Keep-Alive device, but pairs wonderfully with one of the motherboards below (all of which include a built-in KA2).

  • Ideal for New TCS Bachmann and Walthers P2K Motherboards
  • 21 pin interface, 6 Function WOWSound Steam Sound Decoder
  • 4 different chuff Types - Including Light, Medium, Heavy and Reading & Northern #425. Any one can be set up as Articulated.
  • True CD Quality Audio - Enjoy rich, full audio with true to life 16bit 44,100Hz sounds. No one else even comes close!Proto Chuff - for dynamic chuff intensity, volume, and tone. Chuff intensity changes with load and speed. Dynamically changes while at constant speed as well for more prototypical sound.
  • Prototype Operation - Using our Proto Brake control. Apply and release the brakes using a function button. You can even power brake!
  • Back EMF Load Compensation - Our legendary Automatic BEMF for superior slow speed operation. No adjustment is necessary! Our BEMF is also used to keep the chuff perfectly synchronized through the entire speed range without a cam! (Cam connection is also included)
  • Tons of Sounds! - 15+ Bells and 40 Whistles plus much, much more!
  • Audio Assist TM - With our revolutionary new Audio Assist TM the decoder comes alive and talks you through configuring sounds and volumes. Just listen and follow along!
  • Optimized for 8 ohm Speakers - Specifically optimized for 8 ohm speakers.
  • Video Tutorials - TCS has extensive Video Tutorials to assist new users with the features of our new WOWSound decoders at

Train Control Systems Decoder Installation Motherboards

Train Control Systems (TCS) has just announced four Motherboards designed to clean up both conventional and sound decoder installations in several Bachmann and Walthers HO steam locomotives.

These "Motherboards" replace the factory circuit board that is mounted in the tender. They conveniently have a 21 pin connector that mates with either the TCS WOW121-Steam sound decoder SKU 1525 or the TCS EU621 SKU 1344 21 pin conventional decoder (not included). Each motherboard comes with TCS onboard Keep Alive TM that will provide stall free operation over troublesome track sections.

These Motherboards eliminate the wad of wire that gets in the way with many decoder installations and makes for a much cleaner and better fitting decoder installation. On sound decoder installations the lack of excess wire also improves the sound quality eliminating the rattle that sometimes accompany crowded sound installations.

Simply unsolder the original circuit board, remove 2 screws then replace with the TCS Motherboard, solder a few connections, plug in the decoder and go. No more fighting to get the tender shell back on.

Train Control Systems 8 ohm WOW-Speakers

Train Control Systems (TCS) has just announced the addition of speakers to their product line. With our WOWSound decoder we know we have the finest sound decoder in the industry, so it follows we need the finest line of WOWSpeakers to go with them! 

TCS took painstaking care in establishing its speakers, refusing to release sub-standard speakers, we waited until we could bring to market these WOWSpeakers. These speakers sound richer and fuller than any other decoder speaker on the market. 

Pick one up and find out how great your WOWSound can really sound!

New N Scale Drop-In Decoders

TCS has announced two new motor decoders for their N Scale Intermountain drop-in line.  The new models fit the current run of F units that have a new design circuit board without the motor contact feet that were unique to prior runs of the model.

Team Digital DCCBreak Digital Circuit Breaker

Team Digital has announced the DCCBreak digital circuit breaker.  The DCCBreak features timed start-up so that you can control how the layout is energized on start-up.

SBS4DCC is now stocking the full Team Digital product line to offer you a great product and quick delivery at a great price.  All products should be in stock by next week.

Zimo MX658N18 Sound Decoder

Zimo has announced the new MX658N18 sound decoder featuring the Next18 connector on the way.  The Next18 connector is becoming more popular with small scale model manufacturers due to its size and ease of use.

The small size, excellent features, and reknowned Zimo motor control make this decoder a great solution for your Next18 applications.

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.  

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

Use this handy portable tool to keep your servos centered while you mount them under the layout.

The tool consists of a battery box connected to a small circuit board that continuously puts out a centering signal for the servo (1.5 ms pulse).

Keeping your servos properly centered while mounting is the key to making the servos work best.

The battery box has an on/off switch to save your batteries when not in use.

Everyone using servos for turnouts needs one of these.

Requires 3 AA batteries.


RRampMeter is now marketed by DCC Specialties!

The only inexpensive device that accurately measures DCC Volts/Amps. Also measures AC and DC Volts/Amps.

Costs less than DVMs that cannot measure DCC. 

Ver I, II, & III rated at 6 Amps and Ver IV rated at 20 Amps.

Measures true RMS Volts/Amps, +/- 2%.

Suitable for all scales.

No batteries required.

Designed for Left/Right-hand use.

PCB length 5.63"; Enclosure length 4", width 2", height 1.25"

4 Styles Available
Adjustable contacts permit direct track voltage measurements for all scales.

DCC Links...

DCC Calculators & Reference...



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!