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Two Special Announcements From Train Control Systems

TCS is now offering Ready-To-Run Brass Models featuring the new WOW-Diesel Sound Decoder.  The first model is due this month.

I have also received the following notice from TCS.  It's not great news but certainly an understandable situation.  I have personally used this product line for over 10 years and note that I pay the same price for a CN-GP decoder today as I did in 2005.

First, the announcement...

From TCS...

No one likes having to bring this news, but unfortunately, it is time...

With the cost of everything on the rise it has come time for us to raise our prices and end the introductory WOWSound sale. 

This price increase will go into effect July 1st, 2015 and will be approximately 15% across the entire product line. 

The WOWSound introductory sale prices will also be coming to an end. 

The 1516 and 1530 will be at $109.95 MSRP and the Keep-Alive™ equipped version (1517 and 1533) retailing for $129.95. 

Again, we're sorry to have to make this price change, but in order to keep innovating and producing a high quality product our prices need to reflect the value of the parts and labor being put into them.

Thanks for you continued support, and feel free to call or email with any questions you may have!

Streamlined Backshop has the full line of TCS products, including WOW-Steam and the new WOW-Diesel EMD decoders in stock and ready to ship.

I also have many new arrivals from TCS I will highlight in the next edition of the Backshop Flyer.

Order now to take advantage of current pricing.  Orders shipped from the factory on or after July 1 will reflect the new pricing so I can't guarantee any price after that date.

Thanks, Bryan


New Product

The All-New Korea Brass U25C

Shipping in June, the new Korea Brass U25C in HO-Scale!

MSRP DCC Sound: $299.95  SBS4DCC Price: 254.96
MSRP DC Only: $199.95   SBS4DCC Price: 169.96

Call or email today to reserve this fantastic new model!

Product Features

This highly detailed, HO-Scale, plastic & brass hybrid engine pairs an incredibly high level of detail with an excellent drive train to create a degree of realism seldom seen in scale models.

With dozens of individually applied detailing components you simply won't find a more prototypical manufactured locomotive.

Key Features-
-Die-Cast chassis with an injection molded plastic shell.
-5-pole, skew wound, can motor with dual brass flywheels.
-Worm and helical gear drive train for silent operation.
-RP25 NMRA wheel profile
-Heavy die-cast chassis for excellent tractive effort. Weight: 550g (1.21 lbs)
-Collectable locomotives with individual serial numbers.

Hand applied brass and plastic detail including:
-Visible interior detailing through etched brass grating.
-Visible, free-spinning fans through top etched brass grating.
-Visible engineer in cab with interior cab lighting.

WOWDiesel Decoder (DCC Sound Version Only):
-Authentic GE FDL16 prime mover sounds
-True CD-Quality Audio: 44,100 Samples Per Second at 16 bit resolution
-Calibrated auto-notching for prototypical operation
-Built in Keep-Alive™ for uninterrupted operation
-Factory Installed 35mm x 16mm WOWSpeaker for unsurpassed audio fidelity.
-First ever operational Dynamic Brakes
-Audio Assist™ (eliminates CV programming)
-30+ Horns
-30+ Bells
-Much More!

This locomotive can run on a minimum curve radius of 18" (46 cm), but we recommend a minimum curve of 22" (56 cm) for prototypical operation.

Burlington - Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad - Road Numbers: 553, 560

Conrail - Consolidated Rail Corporation - Road Numbers: 6519, 6510

NP - Northern Pacific Railroad - Road Numbers: 2516, 2517, 2518

PRR - Pennsylvania Railroad - Road Numbers: 6513, 6516, 6518

Featured Product

WOW-101 Sound Diesel Locomotive Decoder with Keep Alive

This 6-function, 9-Pin JST, Plugin diesel sound decoder brings the superior audio quality and operational performance of WOWSound to your diesel locomotive. Included are all of the amazing features from the WOWSteam including Audio Assist™, Realistic Braking, and Prototypical Operation.

This decoder has a 9-Pin JST on the front. It is compatible with any T-Series harness and also includes an auxiliary harness for attaching your speaker, Keep-Alive™, and for the additional lighting functions (F3 and F4).

For a complete list of sounds available on this decoder visit the sound list here.

  • Includes 567 Non-Turbo, 567 Turbo, 645 Turbo, 710 Turbo Locomotive Sounds!
  • True CD Quality Sound! No one else even comes close.
  • 44,100 Samples Per Second at 16 bit resolution.
  • Prototypical Operatio for naturally realistic engine sounds.
  • Optional Keep-Alive for skip free sound and uninterrupted performance.
  • And many more features. Check back for feature updates!
  • This version includes a KA2 Keep-Alive™ device attached to the auxiliary harness.
TCS Decoders offer the following features:
  • NMRA DCC Compliant
  • DC or DCC Operation, 2 or 4 Digit Addressing, 14-28-128 Speed Steps, and Consisting
  • TCS Exclusive Auto-Adjusting BEMF
  • Quiet Drive for super quiet engine performance
  • Three-step or Loadable Speed Table
  • Variable Momentum for custom accelleration curves
  • Function Mapping and Multiple Ligthing Effects
  • Adjustable Dimmed Brightness
  • Superior Ditch Light control with realistic alternating pulsing
  • Adjustable Mars, Gyra, and Rotary Beacon
Decoder Specifications:
  • Size: 1.35 x .66 x 0.22 In (34.3 x 16.7 x 5.6 mm)
  • Connection: 9-Pin JST to Hardwire
  • Motor Rating: 1.0 Amp Continuous, 2.0 Amp Peak
  • Functions: (6) 100mA outputs (400mA Total)
  • BEMF: Yes
  • Protocol: NMRA DCC Compliant
  • Additional Features: KA2 installed 

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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 II Speedometer is a free standing, battery operated scale speedometer for 9mm, N, 4mm, HO scales.  The Accutrack II provides additional clearance for double stacks, AutoMax and other limited clearance cars.


Its design is based upon infrared beams which create a "trap" zone through which the train travels.

Accutrak II Features:

Ideal for DCC speed matching DCC


Operates on 2 AAA batteries


Scale Selectable  - N (1:148 and 1:160) or OO/HO (1:76.4 and 1:87)


Display in mph or kph

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.


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