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Welcome to the latest DCC Edition of the SBS4DCC newsletter.

As we approach one of our most revered national holidays, I simply wish thank those who are and have served our great nation and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on this coming Memorial Day.  Thank you for protecting my Freedom.

This edition features some great new products from the world of DCC that are sure to get your attention so read on.  I have added a category to highlight new additions to the store, 2016 New Products.  Wow, I have added 758 new items since January.  WOW!

I continue to press on with packing order and completing installs.  I have been working feverishly to get ready for the big train show that will in town in just a few short weeks.  
I am blessed to garner help from a few friends and hope we can put together a nice operating display to show off some great homegrown Hoosier DCC products and services while we are there.

I would highlight my page about The Infamous 21MTC Interface Connector once again.  

This is everything you need to know, or at least everything I know, about this increasingly popular and sometimes confusing decoder interface.  New additions include a hands-on review of the newer entries to the field as well as compatibility between the brands.  Look for the newest information in "Fit and Interchangability" section.

I have also added some info on the new speakers from Soundtraxx and TCS to the Sugar Cube Speaker Application Notes page.

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 for your patronage.  Bryan



2016 National Train Show

July 8- July 10, 2016

Indiana Convention Center



See us at Booth 224...


Be sure to stop by and say "Hi" if you make it to the 2016 National Train Show this July.  
I have recruited Mrs. V. to help staff the booth so I hope we get to meet you.

I am very excited our great city will host the 2016 NMRA National Convention and Train Show.  There will be tons of clinics and tours.  The local folks have been very busy getting their layouts in top condition for the many great operating sessions that will take place.  

Interested in operations?  Join OPSIG now!  You will not regret it...

I personally can't wait for my chance to run on the Operations Road Show.  I grew up on the Wabash 2nd Sub and walked those ties a million times.  What a perfect layout to experience my first operating session on!  Who's excited?

If all goes well, I hope to have a new operating display as well to showcase some of the great DCC products made right here in Indiana and to demonstrate everything DCC has to offer.  Fingers crossed, head down, saw dust flying, iron hot...

Its a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and should be lots of fun us all!


Featured Product

The new Soundtraxx Tsunami2 Sound Decoder is due to ship any day ...

New Soundtraxx TSU-1100 Tsunami2 DCC Sound Decoder

SoundTraxx is pleased to announce Tsunami2, a new line of Digital Sound Decoders that combines the best in digital sound with trail blazing and innovative operating features. 

Tsunami2 sets a new standard for premium sound decoders, with the emphasis on FUN!  More sounds, more features, more ways to run your trains like a real engineer.  Your model railroading experience will leap to a whole new level of realism!  Expansive memory means that each decoder is packed with multiple prototypes and accompanying sound effects.   No computer dongles or downloading is required - sounds are changed instantly by way of simple CV programming using your command station.  The new incredibly small TSU-1100 provides waves of pure digital sound that will delight your senses, with effects so amazing you won't believe your ears.  Tsunami2 sound features are matched only by its superior motor control and brilliant lighting effects, making it unsurpassed in its technological capabilities.  Tsunami2 leads the industry in processing power, with a 32-bit processor that provides the necessary horsepower needed to support 28 functions, 16 polyphonic sound channels, tons of sound and lighting effects, advanced motor control and yet - measures just 27mm x 10.5mm x 5mm!
 
 
Brand New Features to Enhance the Modeler's Experience:
  • New and remastered horns, whistles, bells and more in a single decoder
  • Functioning adjustable steam exhaust cutoff
  • Functioning locomotive and train brakes with separate adjustable braking rates
  • Fuel loading and servicing operations with Fireman Fred or Fireman Ed
  • Locomotive servicing sounds
  • Authentic steam drifting sounds
  • Prototypically correct diesel HEP modes and steam heat for authentic passenger train operations
  • Authentic cab chatter (recorded from real train operations)

Soundtraxx Tsunami2 Decoders offer the following features:

The TSU-1100 is a universal-style, 1 Amp sound decoder with 4 function outputs. This decoder is ideal for many HO scale models and N-scale locomotives. The TSU-1100 comes in four diesel versions, one steam version and one electric version. 

Tsunami2 Steam decoders can produce over 50 sound effects! The impressive built-in sound library includes 12 bells, over 60 whistles, 10 air pumps, 8 dynamos, 10 exhaust chuffs, snifter valve, injectors, Johnson Bar, power reverse, firebox blower, side rod clank, brake squeal, and more.  The adjustable steam cutoff is guaranteed to make you feel like you are in the cab and in control! Drop into Drift Mode and listen to the rod clank and valve packing effects.  Fireman Fred has a few new things up his sleeve as well, as he works to keep the locomotive in prime operating condition.  Selectable fuel loading makes models sound as they should, from hand-shoveled steam engines, to oil-burners to those equipped with augers, to wood being stacked.

Tsunami2 Diesel decoder's 50+ sound effects and expansive sound library includes engine startup and shutdown, engine prime mover through all eight notches, straight-to-8, HEP mode, 13 bells, over 40 airhorns, 4 air compressors, dynamic brakes, radiator fans, brake squeal and more. Our new reactive DDE automatically adjusts the speed, timbre and volume of the exhaust as your engine works harder.

Tsunami2 goes several steps beyond ordinary sound generators. Whether steam, diesel or electric, Tsunami2 is so powerful that it comes with four special eff ects processors - the Equalizer, Sound Mixer, Dynamic Digital Exhaust and Reverb. It's like having a complete sound studio at your fingertips! Each and every sound can be independently set for the volume that suits your ear.

Hyperdrive2™ technology results in smooth and precise locomotive operation, even at super-slow speeds.  Our switching mode will add a new level of realism for those whose primary 'fun' is in the running!


Common Decoder Features Include:
  • Powerful 32-bit processor capable of 16 simultaneous sound channels
  • Adjustable reverb and equalizer for the most realistic sound optimization ever!
  • Train line charging effect
  • More powerful amplifier for increased volume range
  • Hyperdrive2 motor control
  • Functioning locomotive and train brakes with adjustable braking rates
  • 20+ Hyperlight lighting effects
  • 4 function outputs
  • Standard, 3-point and user-loadable speed curves
  • Flex-Map function mapping easily maps any functi on to any key
  • Compatible with NMRA DCC Standards & RPs

Diesel Features:
  • Each diesel version (EMD, GE, etc.) contains up to 9 manufacturer specific prime movers (Turbo, Non-turbo, etc.)
  • First ever Diesel Dynamic Digital Exhaust (DDE) for a more authentic operati ng experience
  • Startup, shutdown and exhaust through 8 notches
  • Automatic or manual notching
  • Functioning dynamic brake with variable load sound and adjustable braking rate
  • Over 40 air horns
  • Selectable compressors, bells, and couplers
  • First ever Fireman Ed is ready to work on the locomotive, with general service, cab sounds and more!
  • Clickety-clack, fueling, and authentic cab chatt er add realism
  • Prototypically correct HEP modes and steam heat for authentic passenger train operations
Steam Features:
  • Ten new or remastered exhaust chuffs in a single decoder
  • Dynamic Digital Exhaust with drifting feature changes under load
  • Rod clank and valve packing sounds
  • Adjustable exhaust cutoff
  • Over 60 whistles
  • Selectable compressors, bells, dynamos, couplers, and more
  • Fireman Fred sounds for coal-fired, wood, oil, or auger fueled locomotives
  • Locomotive servicing sounds
  • 2-cylinder and articulated settings plus new 3-cylinder exhaust chuffs
  • Cylinder cocks, blowdown and wheelslip effects

Electric Features:
  • First ever Electric DDE with traction motor whine
  • Pantograph operation sounds
  • Over 40 airhorns/air whistle selections
  • Motorman Omura provides cab sounds, operates doors and services the engine
  • Catenary arcing sound and lighting eff ect
  • Selectable compressors, bells, and couplers
  • Clickety-clack and authentic cab chatt er add realism
  • Trolley bell, stop requests, and door sounds for trolleys and tracti on models
  • Steam heat for authentic passenger train operation


Sound Selections for Tsunami2




Steam Prototypes

Airpumps

Single-Phase (1)
Single-Phase (2)
Cross-Compound (1) 
Cross-Compound (2)
Cross-Compound (3)
Cross-Compound (4)
Dual "Whistling" Cross-Compound
(Westside Shay) 2 Dual Single-Phase
Dual Cross-Compound
Vacuum Pump


Dynamos

Dynamo (1)
Dynamo (2)
Dynamo (3)
Dynamo (4)
Dynamo (5)
Muffled Dynamo
Double Dynamos
Union Pacific No.4018 3 Triple Dynamos


Whistles

ATSF Step Top 6-Chime
Baldwin Class B-4G
Baldwin Single-Chime
Baldwin Flat Top 3-Chime
Baltimore & Ohio 3-Chime
Boston & Maine Step Top 5-Chime
C&O Flat Top Single-Chime
Colorado & Southern No.74 (Road)
Colorado & Southern No. 74 (Yard)
Colorado & Southern No. 801 9
Crosby 5" Flat Top 3-Chime
Crosby 6" Flat Top 3-Chime (Road)
Crosby 6" Flat Top 3-Chime (Yard)
D&RGW Flat Top Single-Chime
C-19 No.340 (Road)
C-19 No.340 (Yard)
D&RGW K-27 No.463 (Road)
D&RGW K-27 No.463 (Yard)
D&RGW Flat Top 3-Chime K-28 No.473
D&RGW Step Top 5-Chime K-36 No.487
Nathan Step Top 5-Chime D&RGW No.488
Powell Round Top 3-Chime D&RGW No.489
K-36 No.489 (Broken Chime)
K-37 No.497
Frisco No.1522 3-Chime "Steamboat"
Hancock Step Top 3-chime
Hancock Flat Top 3-Chime UP No.4018
Hancock Flat Top 3-Chime
Hancock Short Bell 3-Chime (Road)
Hancock Short Bell 3-Chime (Yard)
Illinois Central 3-Chime "Steamboat"
Lehigh Valley Single-Chime
Lima Step Top 5-Chime
Lunkenheimer Flat Top 3-Chime
L&N Passenger 3-Chime
L&N Freight 3-Chime
Milwaukee Road Step Top 6-Chime
Nathan Step Top 5-Chime (Road)
Nathan Step Top 5-Chime (Yard)
Nathan Step Top 5-Chime
N&W Step Top 3-Chime No.611
N&W Flat Top Single-Chime No.1218
PRR Round Top 3-Chime
PRR Flat Top Single-Chime "Banshee"
Reading Flat Top 6-Chime (1)
Reading Flat Top 6-Chime (2)
Southern Railway 8" Flat Top Single-Chime
Southern Railway Iron Top 3-Chime
Southern Railway Flat Top 3-Chime
Southern Pacifi c Step Top 6-Chime (1)
Southern Pacifi c Step Top 6-chime (2)
Southern Pacifi c GS-4 No. 4449 Whistle
Leslie A200 Airhorn SP GS-AC Classes
Hancock 3-Chime Union Pacifi c No.3985
USRA Step Top 6-Chime
Westside Lumber Co. Shay No.12
Westside Lumber Co. Shay No.14
Heisler
Round Top Single-Chime "Peanut"
Wabco E2 Airhorn
Single-Chime (1) ATSF Freight
Single-Chime (2)
LNER A4 3-Chime


Exhaust Chuffs

Light (1)
Light (2)
Light (3)
Medium (1)
Medium (2)
Medium (3)
Heavy (1)
Heavy (2)
Heavy (3)
Geared



EMD Diesel Prototypes

Air Compressors

Engine Driven
GE "Whooping" (motor driven)
GE "GEVO" Series (motor driven)
EMD Shaft Driven


Airhorns

Nathan K3LA (1)
Nathan K3LA (2)
Nathan K3L
Nathan K5HL
Nathan K5LA (1)
Nathan K5LA (2)
Nathan K5LA (3)
Nathan K5LH
Nathan K5LLA
Nathan M3
Nathan M5
Nathan P3
Nathan P5 Early
Nathan P5 Late
Nathan P5A
Nathan P5A 3rd Generation
Holden M3H
Holden K5H
Leslie A125
Leslie A125/200 Combo
Leslie A125-3E
Leslie A200
Leslie A200/S3L Combo
Leslie RS3L
Leslie RS5T
Leslie S2M
Leslie S2M/A200 Combo
Leslie S2M/S3L Combo
Leslie S3L
Leslie S5T
Leslie S5T/A200 Combo
Wabco A2
Wabco AA2
Wabco E2 (1)
Wabco E2 (2)
Wabco B Series 2-Chime
Wabco 10" Air Whistle
Hancock 4700 Air Whistle
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
"Aoogah" Klaxon Horn
Rail Car Horn
Canadian Centennial Horn ("Oh Canada")


Bells

ALCO (1)
ALCO (2)
ALCO (3)
EMD (1)
EMD (2)
EMD (3)
EMD (4)
Fairbanks-Morse (Brass)
GE FDL
Graham White Electronic Bell
Western Cullen Hayes Gong Bell
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Canadian Brass Bell


Prime Movers

EMD 567 (No Transition)
EMD 567 Non-Turbo
EMD 567D Turbo
EMD Dual 567
EMD 645 Non-Turbo
EMD 645 Turbo
EMD Dual 645 Turbo
EMD 710
EMD 710 G3C-T2

GE Diesel Prototypes

Air Compressors

Engine Driven
GE "Whooping" (motor driven)
GE "GEVO" Series (motor driven)
EMD Shaft Driven


Airhorns

Nathan K3LA (1)
Nathan K3LA (2)
Nathan K3L
Nathan K5HL
Nathan K5LA (1)
Nathan K5LA (2)
Nathan K5LA (3)
Nathan K5LH
Nathan K5LLA
Nathan M3
Nathan M5
Nathan P3
Nathan P5 Early
Nathan P5 Late
Nathan P5A
Nathan P5A 3rd Generation
Holden M3H
Holden K5H
Leslie A125
Leslie A125/200 Combo
Leslie A125-3E
Leslie A200
Leslie A200/S3L Combo
Leslie RS3L
Leslie RS5T
Leslie S2M
Leslie S2M/A200 Combo
Leslie S2M/S3L Combo
Leslie S3L
Leslie S5T
Leslie S5T/A200 Combo
Wabco A2
Wabco AA2
Wabco E2 (1)
Wabco E2 (2)
Wabco B Series 2-Chime
Wabco 10" Air Whistle
Hancock 4700 Air Whistle
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
"Aoogah" Klaxon Horn
Rail Car Horn
Canadian Centennial Horn ("Oh Canada")


Bells

ALCO (1)
ALCO (2)
ALCO (3)
EMD (1)
EMD (2)
EMD (3)
EMD (4)
Fairbanks-Morse (Brass)
GE FDL
Graham White Electronic Bell
Western Cullen Hayes Gong Bell
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Canadian Brass Bell


Prime Movers

FDL-12
FDL-16
7FDL-16
Dual FDL16
GEVO G12
44-Ton Center Cab Dual Caterpillar
GE Cummins




ALCO Diesel Prototypes

Air Compressors

Engine Driven
GE "Whooping" (motor driven)
GE "GEVO" Series (motor driven)
EMD Shaft Driven


Airhorns

Nathan K3LA (1)
Nathan K3LA (2)
Nathan K3L
Nathan K5HL
Nathan K5LA (1)
Nathan K5LA (2)
Nathan K5LA (3)
Nathan K5LH
Nathan K5LLA
Nathan M3
Nathan M5
Nathan P3
Nathan P5 Early
Nathan P5 Late
Nathan P5A
Nathan P5A 3rd Generation
Holden M3H
Holden K5H
Leslie A125
Leslie A125/200 Combo
Leslie A125-3E
Leslie A200
Leslie A200/S3L Combo
Leslie RS3L
Leslie RS5T
Leslie S2M
Leslie S2M/A200 Combo
Leslie S2M/S3L Combo
Leslie S3L
Leslie S5T
Leslie S5T/A200 Combo
Wabco A2
Wabco AA2
Wabco E2 (1)
Wabco E2 (2)
Wabco B Series 2-Chime
Wabco 10" Air Whistle
Hancock 4700 Air Whistle
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
"Aoogah" Klaxon Horn
Rail Car Horn
Canadian Centennial Horn ("Oh Canada")


Bells

ALCO (1)
ALCO (2)
ALCO (3)
EMD (1)
EMD (2)
EMD (3)
EMD (4)
Fairbanks-Morse (Brass)
GE FDL
Graham White Electronic Bell
Western Cullen Hayes Gong Bell
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Canadian Brass Bell


Prime Movers

ALCO 539 Turbo
ALCO 539 Non Turbo
ALCO 244 Turbo
ALCO 251A i6
ALCO 251C v12
ALCO 251C v12 Super Charged
ALCO 251C v12
ALCO 251C v16
ALCO 251F v16 Super Charged


Baldwin and Other Diesel Prototypes

Air Compressors

Engine Driven
GE "Whooping" (motor driven)
GE "GEVO" Series (motor driven)
EMD Shaft Driven


Airhorns

Nathan K3LA (1)
Nathan K3LA (2)
Nathan K3L
Nathan K5HL
Nathan K5LA (1)
Nathan K5LA (2)
Nathan K5LA (3)
Nathan K5LH
Nathan K5LLA
Nathan M3
Nathan M5
Nathan P3
Nathan P5 Early
Nathan P5 Late
Nathan P5A
Nathan P5A 3rd Generation
Holden M3H
Holden K5H
Leslie A125
Leslie A125/200 Combo
Leslie A125-3E
Leslie A200
Leslie A200/S3L Combo
Leslie RS3L
Leslie RS5T
Leslie S2M
Leslie S2M/A200 Combo
Leslie S2M/S3L Combo
Leslie S3L
Leslie S5T
Leslie S5T/A200 Combo
Wabco A2
Wabco AA2
Wabco E2 (1)
Wabco E2 (2)
Wabco B Series 2-Chime
Wabco 10" Air Whistle
Hancock 4700 Air Whistle
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
"Aoogah" Klaxon Horn
Rail Car Horn
Canadian Centennial Horn ("Oh Canada")


Bells

ALCO (1)
ALCO (2)
ALCO (3)
EMD (1)
EMD (2)
EMD (3)
EMD (4)
Fairbanks-Morse (Brass)
GE FDL
Graham White Electronic Bell
Western Cullen Hayes Gong Bell
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Canadian Brass Bell


Prime Movers

Baldwin VO
Baldwin 608NA
Baldwin 608A
Baldwin 606NA
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Dual Whitcomb
Fairbanks-Morse


Electric Prototypes

Air Compressors

Small Motor Driven Compressor
Large Motor Driven Compressor
Rotary Air Compressor
Trolley Compressor


Airhorns

Nathan K3LA (1)
Nathan K3LA (2)
Nathan K3L
Nathan K5HL
Nathan K5LA (1)
Nathan K5LA (2)
Nathan K5LA (3)
Nathan K5LH
Nathan K5LLA
Nathan M3
Nathan M5
Nathan P3
Nathan P5 Early
Nathan P5 Late
Nathan P5A
Nathan P5A 3rd Generation
Holden M3H
Holden K5H
Leslie A125
Leslie A125/200 Combo
Leslie A125-3E
Leslie A200
Leslie A200/S3L Combo
Leslie RS3L
Leslie RS5T
Leslie S2M
Leslie S2M/A200 Combo
Leslie S2M/S3L Combo
Leslie S3L
Leslie S5T
Leslie S5T/A200 Combo
Wabco A2
Wabco AA2
Wabco E2 (1)
Wabco E2 (2)
Wabco B Series 2-Chime
Wabco 10" Air Whistle
Hancock 4700 Air Whistle
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
"Aoogah" Klaxon Horn
Rail Car Horn
Canadian Centennial Horn ("Oh Canada")


Bells

ALCO (1)
ALCO (2)
ALCO (3)
EMD (1)
EMD (2)
EMD (3)
EMD (4)
Fairbanks-Morse (Brass)
GE FDL
Graham White Electronic Bell
Western Cullen Hayes Gong Bell
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose
Canadian Brass Bell


Prime Movers (Traction Motors)

AC Traction Motor


The new Soundtraxx Tsunami2 Sound Decoder is set to ship in early June.

You can pre-order your copy of this great new product today from SBS4DCC!

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"Sugar Cube" Speaker Baffles

You have asked, repeatedly, I have listened, finally...

I offer the "Sugar Cube" Speaker in four sizes:

  • 8 x 12 mm
  • 9 x 16 mm
  • 11 x 15 mm
  • 13 x 18 mm

If that's not sweet enough, I also offer eight different baffles for each size:

  • Standard
  • Boiler Baffle
  • Long Boiler Baffle
  • Close Coupled Twin
  • Close Coupled Quad
  • Close Coupled 2x2
  • Hyperbaric Coupled
  • Isobaric Coupled

The fantastic selection of SBS4DCC Sugar Cube Speaker Baffles are now available without the speaker.




Tsunami Clearance Sale

I need to make room for the new Tsunami2 Digital Sound Decoders so all remaining Tsunami Digital Sound Decoders have been moved to the Clearance Aisle and priced to sell.

This includes all remaining stock of model TSU-750, TSU-1000, TSU-AT1000, TSU-GN1000, TSU-KT1000, TSU-IM1000, and TSU-BW1000 sound decoders.

Be sure to have a look as there are always great products and fantastic prices on the Shelf In The Corner...



Ok, Ok... Not Necessarily New But Noteworthy "New To Us" Products

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











New ESU LokProgrammer Version 4.4.22


ESU has released the new version 4.4.22 of LokProgrammer software.

The most significant update in this release is a fantastic new feature called ESU "Full-Throttle".

You can see a few examples of this as well as how to set up these great new features in the following videos.






This great new feature can be incorporated in any ESU LokSound V4.0 or ESU LokSound Select Sound Decoder.

It is absolutely necessary to update the firmware and upload a new version of the sound file using the ESU 53452 LokProgrammer Set because the new features require the "Full Throttle" sound template.

All files will be updated in due time and made available for download from the ESU website.  ESU "Full Throttle" sound files can be easily identified as they will have names ending in "FT" (Full Throttle).

The current list of ESU "Full Throttle" sound files includes:

73426 - 74426 for EMD 16 cylinder 645E: GP38, SD38
73431 - 74431 for EMD 16 cylinder 710G3A: GP60, SD60  NEW!
73436 - 74436 for EMD 16 cylinder 567C: F9, GP9, SD9
73447 - 74477 for EMD 16 cylinder 567D3: GP30, SD24  NEW!
75408 - 76408 for EMD 16 cylinder 645C: GP16, GP9RM, SD9M, GP20M  NEW!
73441 - 74441 for ALCO 12 cylinder 251B: RS11, RSD12, RS18, RS36
75409 - 76409 for ALCO 16 cylinder 251C: C425, C628  NEW!


ESU "Full Throttle" Decoder Operation for Diesels

It is often challenging to make a scale model preform like it has the mass of a 260,000lb locomotive pulling 5,000 tons or more! Some of this can be done with BEMF - when the loco "feels" a load, it will automatically rev up to work harder to pull this actual load. But this is often a flawed method in modeling. Today, model train car wheels are so free rolling that they often do not simulate sufficient drag to replicate a typical prototype situation. Also, often we do not sufficiently weigh our cars to represent a scaled-down version of the prototype. One of the biggest problems with BEMF controlled load is due to the fact that in our modeling and operations we often "simulate" loads inside a closed car. The payload inside a prototype car can weigh as much as 100-tons more than the car itself. This is especially important at operating sessions. Empties in and Loads out or vice versa. There is no way for a decoder to know the proposed weight of the cars it is pulling. Our "car cards", showing whether a car is loaded or empty, are seen only by the operator, not by our decoders!

To compensate for what the decoder cannot know, we have created Full Throttle decoder features! This series of new features includes "Drive Hold", "Run 8", "Coast", improved "Dynamic Brakes" and a new "Independent Brake" feature.

Drive Hold:

This feature allows the modeler to easily simulate a loaded or empty train by adding a single "Drive Hold" function button. When the button is pressed, the motor will remain at a constant speed, while the sound can be controlled independently from the motion with the throttle knob! This exciting, new feature gives the operator the ability to
have his or her train crawl in notch 8 or coast at 50mph. Then, by releasing the Drive Hold function button you simply go back to throttle-controlled speed and motion. No more switching between manual notching and programming on the main to go back and forth. All of this can be done on the fly with hardly even thinking about it.

Run 8:

There are times when hauling a heavy train over rolling hills that you may wish to remain in notch 8 at any speed desired. You could have the train slow, as it climbs a steep grade and then speed up upon levelling out. The Run 8 feature will allow for exactly that. Simply press the button and the prime mover will increase RPMs from wherever you are, all the way up to Notch 8 and hold. Once the function button is pressed, the sound is disengaged from the speed. Using the throttle knob you can now speed up or slow down with the sound remaining constant, at full throttle.

Coast:

The opposite of "Run 8". Often when coming to a stop, the throttle of a real locomotive is put into Idle and the engineer coasts to a stop. Another situation that occurs is that once a train is up to speed when operating over rolling terrain, the engineer can coast to maintain a certain speed. By pressing the coast function button, the sound drops from wherever you are to idle and remains there. Once this function button is pressed, the sound is disengaged from the speed. Using the throttle knob, you can now speed up or slow down the train with the sound remaining constant, at idle.

Brake:

Along with Dynamic Brakes, a locomotive has an Independent Brake as well. This allows for the locomotive to stop more quickly than its regular momentum would normally carry it. LokSound Decoders now also have a working Independent Brake. This one is pretty self-explanatory - just press the brake and come to a stop! While this will
work with whatever deceleration settings are in the loco, it tends to work more realistically if the loco has a large amount of deceleration. With these settings the loco will drift or coast much further when the brake is not applied. Then, by applying the brake, the loco will stop in a much shorter distance. As a note, you can now do standing
brake tests by keeping the brake on and advancing the throttle knob so the sound of Notch 4 can be heard. In EMDs this is the point at which the Shaft-Driven compressor reaches its second stage, and pumps air faster through the train.

Dynamic Brake:

The ESU Dynamic Brake works like the prototype. Once applied, the sound will drop to idle. Then (once the electricity dissipates from the traction motors) the prime mover will rise depending on the prototype. Most EMDs rise to about notch 4. Other brands will vary. Once the prime mover comes up, the dynamic brake fans will be heard. During this time, a deceleration will be quicker since you "have your dynamic brakes on." Once you release the button the fan will shut off as the prime mover drops again to idle. After a short delay the prime mover will once again come up to match the speed of your throttle - (other Full Throttle features may affect where your prime mover sound returns after the dynamic brake is turned off.) Please note, if you come to a stop when your
dynamic brake is applied, the fan sound will cease and the prime mover will go down to Idle. You will need to turn it off before you begin to move or the cycle will start again. Prototype locomotive dynamics will not work while stopped.

The ESU Dynamic Brake has not really changed much with the new added features. But the new files will now work better when consisted together and using the Dynamic Brake. Also since not all locos have dynamics, you will now be able to set up your non-dynamic locos to work correctly with consisted locos using dynamic brakes. The
ESU Dynamic Brake Logic Feature does increase the deceleration rate so please take this into account. If your loco does not have dynamic brakes you should still apply the "Dynamic Brake" LOGIC when consisting so that the engine slows with other dynamic brake-equipped locos in consist. If your loco is not equipped with dynamic brakes
please choose Sound Slot 21 (Coast) for the sound on the dynamic brake function button. This will have your loco drop the prime mover sound to idle while the dynamic brake-equipped locos in the consist go through the dynamic brake cycles. You should not use the "Shift" logic with non-Dynamic brake locos. Doing so will result in the prime mover rising up to Notch 4. This is not correct for Non Dynamic Brake Locos in a consist. It needs to stay at idle.

The Full Throttle manual and New Full Throttle sound files are available for download at the ESU website.

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ESU Lighting Accessories

Small modules that can easily be installed either in cabs or as end-of-train lights make fitting prototypical lighting of your vehicles a simple task. They provide one warm white LED or two red LEDs including the needed electronics.

 


Train number detection

The new ECoSDetector RC can monitor its 4 track sectors in a special way: with the aid of the RailCom® technology ("local detector") one can not only find out if the track is occupied but also exactly which train is located there (train number detection). Of course, you must have RailCom® capable locomotive decoders.

Clever

Knowing which train is located where leads to new functions in conjunction with the route setting feature of the ECoS: you may, for instance, activate level crossing booms automatically or the train search for an unoccupied track in the storage yard. The switching inputs respectively track occupancy sensors are electronically "entprellt" in order to assure reliable feedback even in case of poor contact or pretty dirty tracks.

Connection to ECoSlink

Each ECoSDetector RC is directly wired to the command station via the EcoSlink bus. Besides the ECoS command station all types of the Central Station® Reloaded with ESU update are suitable. The galvanic separation of the bus system and the command station assures best possible reliability and data transfer to the command station. The command station automatically detects and registers all ECoSDetector modules. The devices can be comfortably and easily configured with the command station, which can also be done after installing the devices.

Future proof

The operating software of each ECoSDetector can be updated and expanded to facilitate additional functions, if necessary: whenever necessary this update will be accomplished automatically by the command station. Thus your ECoSDetector is technically always up-to-date.







New Soundtraxx Speaker Options


Soundtraxx High Power 28mm Round

As Tim 'the Tool Man' says... "More power, augh, augh!!"  We are now adding a new speaker to our product line that's more powerful at 1W (2W peak), yet still petite at 28mm (1"). This new speaker has a better dynamic range than our popular, standard 28mm speaker and does fit in our 28mm baffle (P.N. 810110).  This new wattage and range will help amplify sounds to better audio levels and reproduce the sounds more clearly.  These are better suited to match the power output levels of the ECO-200, PNP and 400 audio amplifiers.

Soundtraxx Mini Cube Speakers

Ideal for use with the ECO-100, these speakers pack a lot of punch in a small package. This makes them perfect used as standalone speakers or in multiples for even more power-handling and extra volume. The Mini Cube is rated at 8ohms, 1 watt and measures just 16mm X 12mm X 11.5mm. Despite its small size it produces an impressive volume level as compared to much larger model railroad speakers.  The Mini Cube 2 is the smallest model train oval speaker on the market, with a rating of 32 Ohms and 0.75mW peak power. At just 13mm X 9mm X 8.85mm it fits in many small models where sound applications seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago.

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TCS KA Devices offer the following features:

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.

KA3 will power an HO-Scale locomotive with headlights on for approximately 6 to 20 seconds (depending on the locomotive and the efficiency of the motor).

This Keep-Alive™ includes a blue and a black w/ white stripe wire with which to attach it to a decoder.

Specifications:

Size: 1.02" x .45" x .347" (25.9mm x 11.43mm x 8.81mm)
Connection: Hardwire (Other Harness Options Available)





11 Different TCS WOW Kits for Athearn, Atlas, and Kato HO-Scale Locomotives

Each of these WOWKits contains everything you need to economically convert a locomotive to WOWSound DCC with built-in Keep-AliveTM. 

These WOWKits fit a wide range of locomotives so check the list below to see if your engines are included!






ALCO RS-3
ALCO RSD 4/5
ALCO RS32/36
ALCO C424/5
ALCO RS-11
ALCO RSD12





ALCO RS-1
GE DASH 8-40B\W\H
ALCO C420
GE U30B Ph. 2
GE U30C
EMD GP39-2 Ph. 1 & 2
EMD GP38
EMD GP38-2 Late Ph.
GE C30-7
GE U23B
EMD GP7





EMD F40PH
EMD GP35
EMD SD40
EMD SD40-2 Mid Prod.
EMD SD70MAC
EMD SD80MAC
EMD SD90/43MAC
GE AC4400CW
GE C44-9W
ALCO RS2 (Old Run)





GE ES44AC GEVO
EMD SD60I / SD60M
EMD SD70ACe




EMD GP38-2
EMD GP40-2
EMD GP50






EMD F2 / F3 / F7 / F9
EMD F45 / FP45
EMD FP7
EMD SD45 / SD45-2
EMD SD70 / SD70I
EMD SD70M / SD70M-2
EMD SD70MAC
EMD SD75M / SD75I
EMD SDP45






EMD SD45
EMD SD45T-2




GE AC4400CW
GE AMD103/P40/P42
EMD CF7
GE DASH 9-44CW
EMD F59PHI
EMD GP35
EMD GP60M/B


EMD GP7
EMD GP9




EMD SD40-2
EMD SD40T-2

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.



TCS WOW Kit Installations at the National Train Show

Get your engine converted to WOWSound while learning how to perform your own WOWKit installations.

Register here to schedule a time slot for a guided WOWKit installation at the TCS booth at the NTS in Indianapolis, IN July 8th-10th. Simply register a time slot and then arrive at our booth at the NTS with one of the locomotives from the list on the registration form. We will provide and perform the WOWKit installation while guiding you for your own future installations.

Time slots are limited so get registered while you they are available!

SBS4DCC is not affiliated with this offer in any way.  

I am just sharing a great offer from TCS in hopes some of my attending clients can have an awesome experience at the 2016 National Train Show in my hometown of Indianapolis.

Please direct all inquiries about this matter to TCS.




Team Digital, LLC


The CSCe (Central Signal Controller) is uniquely suited to control the SHD2 (dual signal head decoder). It can also control indicators on a layout or a CTC panel such as block occupancy and switch (turnout) position. The CSC has built-in customizable logic to implement various signal schemes. This includes ABS, APB and prototypical grade crossing. It can receive switch command and sensor/block detection messages from the serial bus and/or switch and block state from the inputs. It uses this information to determine signal states with the built-in logic. The number of wires to implement a signal system is greatly reduced when using the CSC and the SHD2.


Zimo



Zimo MX649 Micro NMRA DCC Sound Decoder


The decoder family MX649 is the successor and replacement for MX646, thus the same interface options are available.

- DCC + RailCom, DC-Analogue, MM
- 30 V maximum voltage
- 0.7 A Motor-and Total Current (1.5 A peak)
- 4 Function Outputs (Lv, Lr, FA1, FA2)
- 2 Logic-Level Outputs for additional Functions, Servo-Control or SUSI
- 1 Watt Audio, 8 Ohm, 32 Mbit, 6 Channels
- All well-known ZIMO characteristics for Firmware Updating, Motor Control and Regulation, Train Control and Feedback

In terms of circuitry, the MX 649 is practically the same as the MX648 and MX658 (available for about two years or one year, respectively).

The decision between these three miniature sound decoders depends on to the desired interface :- NEM-651 MX649N PluX-16 MX648P16 Next-18 MX658N18 or in the case of where the interface is not important (wires only) then the dimensions decide: not so much by the absolute area (5% less in favor of the MX649), but rather by the reaction on the length and width:

Long and Narrow MX649 >>> (23 x 9 x 4 mm)

Short and Wide MX648 >>> (20 x 11 x 4 mm)


Zimo MX649 DCC Decoders offer the following features:

The miniature sound decoder for various N and TT models suitable as an alternative for 00/H0, driving and full sound functionality like the MX644 or MX645, despite small dimensions, 6 function outputs.

Decoder Versions:

MX649, 11 highly flexible wires 120 mm in length
MX649N, small (6-pin) interface connector
MX649R, 8-pin interface connector on 70mm wire
MX649F, 6-pin interface connector on 70mm wire

Dimensions:

.91 x .36 x .16 inch (23 x 9 x 4 mm)


Type MX820Z: without normal outputs, "only" 16 light outputs (open collector) for signal lights

Dimensions: 19 x 11 x 2 mm (one sided types MX820E, MX820X) or 19 x 11 x 3 mm (other types), or 19 x 12 x 3 mm (sealed type MX820D)

The most important common data for all variants of the decoder family MX820:

- DCC + RailCom
- 1 A total current for all outputs (3 A peak),
- 4 Switching inputs for feedback contacts or "forced circuits"
- The types and MX820E MX820V are shipped with shrink tubing (but not sealed)
- The types MX820X,-Y,-Z without shrink tube (so that the solder pads remain accessible)
- Compared to the previous version MX82D, improved by resin AND shrink tubing
- Easily distinguishable by the red colour from the other types

The decoder MX820 family of switches are used to switch double coil, motor and LGB-EPL drives, and for signals with bulbs or LEDs. The MX820 with its compact design (as with the predecessors MX82) are particularly suitable for installation in a switch cabinet or for placement in the track bed. Many other features of the MX820 as the same as the MX82, but there are still some important improvements:

- Withstand voltage up to 40 V;
- Two to four inputs, which are used to automatically switch turnouts and set by track contacts or feedback, are now equipped with an internal filter, so that no external smoothing elements (capacitors) are required;
- Extremely cost-effective connection for 8 or 16 signal lamps or LEDs (e.g. 8 double-headed signals or 2 signals with 8 lights) in the case of the types MX820X,-Y,-Z;
- Software update in the collection process.


 

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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.  

 

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Four Sizes
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Eight Baffles
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Thirty Two Sweet Speaker Options
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SBS4DCC Varnish Lighting 

 

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

 

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Constant Non-Directional Design

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Expandable Anti-Flicker Circuit

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DCC-Friendly Design 

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Adjustable Brightness

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Z, N and HO Scale Models Available

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

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

Features:

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.

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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...



Markers...

 

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!



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