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Welcome to the DCC Edition of the SBS4DCC newsletter.

Happy Turkeys!  Hope your celebration of the blessing from Our Lord is pleasant and joyous.  I'm having a ham.  The pigs face is wrought with fright but the turkeys are happy.  I have been saving a very special bottle of wine for this day as well.  If everything works out right... well, you get the picture.  Celebrate and be Thankful.

My son and I will also commandeer the dining room promptly after the dinner table is cleared to erect our annual Christmas (yes... I said it... it's that time already too) Lionel trains layout.  Can't wait...  BEST DAY EVER!

I firmly believe after reading so many of your stories in monthly rags that the joy of this hobby truly begins on the kitchen floor with a Lionel set train and a few pieces of fast track.  If we are to plant seeds and share our passion for this hobby, I encourage you to follow my lead with your scale engineers.  They will turn a keen eye to your 1:160 or 1:87 or 1:48 empire soon enough.

May I recommend The Polar Express or Thomas The Train?  Ho, Ho, Ho...

So...  SBS4DCC...  I haven't put out a newsletter in a while.  Not much to say really until today.  If holiday sales pan out, it will be another positive year of sales growth for Streamlined Backshop.  I am Thankful and Blessed.  Thanks to you all.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  The third and early fourth quarter were the first time I saw declining sales year over year but I think that nearly everyone in every business saw the same thing.  Just a deep breath I hope.  The loan payments are current and the bills are mostly paid so there you go...

Some positive news to share is that I reviewed shipping costs once again and was able to pass along another modest decrease in shipping charges.  You read that right... the price of something went down.  Thank you for your patronage.

I am also happy to report that I took a very close look at one of my most popular product lines this week, ESU DCC, and have revised all of that pricing... DOWN.  You read that right... the price of something else went down.  Thank you for your patronage.

I continue to make solid progress on my decoder install backlog and the conversion of the large O scale collection I am currently working on.  My old helper who got tied up with life called the other day looking for a few projects so that will help to expedite matters immensely.  Again... Thankful...

Finally, I continue to add new content to including a very useful page about The Infamous 21MTC Interface Connector.  This is everything you need to know, or at least everything I know, about this increasingly popular and sometimes confusing decoder interface.

You may have come across the ESU LokSound v4.0 Pioneer Zephyr Sound FileESU LokSound v4.0 Custom Sound Files, or ESU LokSound v4.0 Dual Prime Mover Sound Files pages.  These are not "official" ESU produced files.  Matt and his team at ESU rule this domain.  These are merely humble attempts to fill in the sound file catalog in the absence of an "official" file for certain prototypes.  All but the Zephyr file are built from existing ESU sound files.  All but the Zephyr file are free of charge for your personal use so please don't jaw at me if you don't like them.  Just tryin' to help...  Also, ESU has released a full series of Dual Prime Mover sound file since I put this page up, go figure. My files are slightly different particularly in the operation of the second prime mover.  I made the effort to build the files and create the page so I plan to leave it up.  If it becomes a problem at any point, I will pull it down.

A couple other random topics include ESU 50321 Cube Speaker and Soundtraxx Decoder Feature Comparison.

Finally, the clinic that never was... SBS4DCC O Scale DCC Clinic - 2015.  Maybe someone on-board The Backshop Flyer can glean a nugget from it.

It really is a great time to be a... Digital Model Railroader!

So with that... All Aboard!

All the best, and once again, Thank You.  Bryan

Featured Product

The new ESU Mobile Control II is stateside and almost available ...

New ESU 50113 ECoS Mobile Control II Remote Control Handset w/ LAN Cable Mini-Accesspoint and Power Supply

WOW!  Can I get a whoop, whoop?

I am please to introduce the most advanced and most functional throttle to the model railroading community, the ESU ECoS Mobile Control II Remote Control Handset.  I have always liked the sleek, modern feel and functionality of my smart phone as a throttle but always wanted a dedicated device with a real speed control knob to operate my trains.


Here it is.  ESU has hit another home run in my score book with the introduction of this new device.  Word from Pennsylvania is that the new units are stateside and nearly ready to ship.  I expect to have them available to ship in just a few more days.

I am new to the product too but am familiar with the technology having a smart phone and having used the concept on a layout with the Roco Z21.  You can bet I will put up a product review page as quickly as I can.  From reading the manual, which is already available online, and specifications I can tell you now... It's out of the park!

  • Fully functional DCC throttle operates trains and accessories
  • Android-based open platform design has plenty of room to advance
  • 3.2 inch (480 x 800 pixels, 280 dpi), backlit color TFT display
  • ARM® Cortex® A8 micro processor clocked with 1.3 GHz and 1GB RAM 
  • 4 GB flash memory for storing apps and data
  • USB port and a WLAN interface
Don't miss out on this great new product and order your ESU ECoS Mobile Control II Remote Control Handset now to make this the best Christmas ever!

Streamlined Backshop

Coming soon... New SBS4DCC Chuff Cam Kits

Necessity is the mother of invention and I needed an easier, friendlier chuff cam... 

Introducing SBS4DCC Chuff Cams.  This new product features super fast, super easy assembly coupled with the proven performance and reliability of magnets and reed switches.  Installation is a breeze.  Simply glue the two cam halves together around a driver axle then mount and wire the reed switch between the live driver and decoder cam input.

The new line of cams will be available in a handful of standard sizes but best of all... I can offer custom sizing to fit nearly any axle diameter ever made.

The first prototypes are in and so far so good.  I am hoping to have a full offering pulled together this season.

Pricing will be about the same as other types of cams already on the market.

Email me at [email protected] with model scale, maximum outside diameter clearances and required axle diameter and I will add your project to my first run file.

New Pages Added To Tutorials, Tips & Tricks 

In between all of the stuff of life, I managed to get a couple of new pages of content added to the site recently.

I hope you will find it useful!

Ok, Ok... Not DCC But Noteworthy New Products

So... I'm not really doing an all-products newsletter these days but these new products are just too cool to ignore...

Plus... a new model that is due any day now...

N Kato Siemens ACS-64 Amtrak - Amfleet I Phase VI 5-Unit Bookcase Set

Digitrax 16-Bit Sound Files Available Now
This have been pretty quiet at D this year except for the release of several new sound files on the Sound Depot page.

Most (all?) of the new files are built by a fellow modeler by name of John McMasters for his own use.  He has graciously shared his work with us in the spirit of the Digitrax Sound Depot business model.  There are some real jewels in there.  The only caveat is that nearly all of his files are 16-bit so they can only be used with the new SDXN136P and SDXH166D decoder models.

Here is a link to his youtube page.  He also posts new releases and updates on the Digitrax Sound yahoo group regularly.  His work is very impressive and worth a listen.

ESU LokSound V4.0 and Select L NMRA DCC Sound Decoder Multi-Pin Connector with Adapter Board

The long anticipated L series sound decoder for Large Scale trains is now available.

With 3 amps of power on the motor circuit and a big 1.5 Watt audio amplifier, this big boy is perfect for your big O scale locomotives.

New ESU 50321 Speaker 11x15mm 8 ohm 1 watt w/ Sound Chamber

ESU, LLC has released their version of the Sugar Cube Speaker which includes a clever baffle design that will help solve a fit-up problem or two.

Here is a full review of the product... ESU 50321 Cube Speaker

More news and new sounds from ESU...

ESU has released several new sound files for the LokSound V4.0 and Select line of decoders including:

Alco 12cyl 251B

GE 12cyl FDL Early

EMD 12cyl 645E NT

Baldwin 6cyl 606SC Dual PM

Baldwin 606NA Dual PM

Dual ALCO 6cyl 539T DL-109

Dual EMD 16cyl645E3 DD40AX

Dual GE FDL 16 cyl U50

Dual EMD 12cyl 567 E-Unit

EMD 16cyl 645E NT

They are on the cusp of releasing several more this year...  

In other news, ESU has recently released version 4.4.20 of the LokProgrammer software.  I have been using for a few weeks with no issues.

Just a reminder...  Anyone can use the LokProgrammer software, even without the device, to calculate the required CV values for desired programming changes.  This is a really handy tool and so much easier than trying to read the manual and calculate the values from that text.  Simply download and install the software on your PC, open the desired sound file or create a new one from the default templates, make the desired changes to the file, then... and here's the key... simply select "Tools > Show Changed CVs" from the menu bar and the software will open a dialog box showing the values you would need to manually program into the decoder.  Really easy.  Very powerful.


NCE - North Coast Engineering

NCE Layout Wiring Kits

Coming soon to SBS4DCC...

NCE has just released a new line of command station and decoder installation wire and wiring products including the LWK25 layout wiring kit.  This kit is perfect for the smaller layout builder who doesn't want to fuss with sourcing command bus wiring products.

Soundtraxx ECO-100 Econami Micro DCC Sound Decoder

Soundtraxx ECO-21P Econami NMRA 21MTC DCC Sound Decoder

Soundtraxx ECO-400 Econami Large Scale DCC Sound Decoder 

Soundtraxx has released a new line of sound decoders dubbed the Econami.

The new line features the same great sound we expect from Soundtraxx plus several marked improvements to their lineup including Hyperdrive2 motor control and Flex-Map function mapping.

The new line also introduces a 4-amp model for O scale modelers eliminating the need for dual decoder installs.

Here is a complete comparison of the new Econami to the stalwart Tsunami line.

New TCS 1672 IMD4-W DCC Decoder For Intermountain SD40-2W


This full featured 4 function BEMF decoder is designed for the N-Scale Intermountain SD40-2W locomotive. Included is our auto-adjusting BEMF for outstanding slow speed performance and hassle free set up. Also includes Quiet Drive for super quiet engine performance.

New TCS 1673 K7D4 DCC Decoder For Kato ACS-64


The K7D4 is a drop-in decoder for the Kato N Scale ACS-64. This decoder includes built-in forward and reverse LEDs and 2x solder pads for additional lights. Included is our auto-adjusting BEMF for outstanding slow speed performance and hassle free set up. Also includes Quiet Drive for super quiet engine performance.

TCS 1616 GEN-MB1
Motherboard Adapter Board

TCS Athearn Motherboard Adapter Boards

Train Control Systems (TCS) has added new models to their series of Adapter Boards.

These motherboards is designed to replace the original lighting board in Athearn Genesis and Ready-To-Run locomotives and will fit a wide array of other locomotives.

Included on the motherboards is a KA2 Keep-Alive™ for smooth operation over troublesome tracks.  Pair them with a WOW121 for unparallelled sound and interruption free performance.

NOTE: this product does not function without a decoder. Pickup an EU621 or WOW121 decoder to use this product.

The new TCS Athearn Motherboard Adapter Boards is in stock at SBS4DCC and ready to ship.

TCS WOW Speakers

TCS has just added a whole bunch of new speaker models to their WOW Speaker line. 

You can see the complete line by visiting the TCS Speakers speakers category.  I will be adding the new models and bringing in stock as soon as possible.


Adapter Board with Screw Terminals


New Zimo Adapter Boards

Two new Adapter Boards from Zimo are "in the mail" and due at SBS4DCC any day.

Adapter board for MTC-21 decoder.

The decoder is plugged into the male connector of the adapter. Large solder pads, the wiring can be easily carried in the locomotive, the common for a variety of equipment terminals (plus lines) performed repeatedly.

The adapter board ADAMTC is equipped with a rectifier, which relieves the rectifier of the decoder, making this less heat generated and it delivers more power.

The ADAMTC adapter board increases the rated motor output of the MX644D to 1.8A continuous load.

The several decoders from the current ZIMO program, namely MX632D, MX634D, MX644D may be used along with ADAMTC "MTC" adapter board ... and other types, such as types with 16 V - are equipped energy storage terminal.

*** Adapter Board Only. Decoder Sold Separately

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 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.


Visit SBS4DCC today!