Leaving N scale and moving to HO

Colonel Jan 27, 2013

  1. Smithsr

    Smithsr TrainBoard Member

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    ^^ He's got it right. Remove DC plug, insert DCC decoder. Basic control completed!

    Awsome companies like Soundtraxx and ESU and QSI make powerful reliable sound decoders in HO, and there are other brands too.

    I've found Tsunami has the stuff available to best fill my roster when $ allows. ESU and QSI also make excellent high end stuff. Local club guys we all have a mix of those 3.

    Tsunami has a big product line, check the site it's substantial! You can get a quick-plug in decoder or board replacement depending on the model you're looking to outfit.

    Best of luck!
     
  2. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks guys so that means I could buy a tsunami decoder with sound that plugs straight in?
     
  3. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Does just adding a decoder give you sound? Don't you need to wire a speaker, too, along with the decoder? Not all DCC ready engines have speakers?
     
  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just had a look at the installation for a tsunami Decoder with sound, it is not as simple as plugging in, you need to install a synchronizing disc onto the drive wheel etc. Think I will just buy all my locos RTR with sound. Already eying off a Athearn Genesis GP38-2

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  5. Smithsr

    Smithsr TrainBoard Member

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    Synchronizing disc onto a drive wheel?

    No.

    Plug in the decoder and fit a speaker.

    or, when available,

    Replace factory board with sound board and fit speaker.

    or, my favorite

    Get that nice Athearn, it'll cost the same to get the rtr and add tsunami as it will to get the new Genesis GP 38-2 with tsunami sound. And you'll save yourself some frustration.
     
  6. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You are right I now have 3 genesis locos I am considering purchasing with dcc and sound


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  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    After our pm FB exchanges earlier, Paul, I have been perusing your 'changing scale' threads, including this one. I will be interested to follow your foray into HO, and particularly interested to see how far you go over the 'ten locomotives' rule...... ;)
     
  8. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Lol tell me about it I already have 4 on order
     
  9. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    One can never have enough locomotives.................which is why I'm up to 60 or so (including one steamer).
     
  10. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Only one steam, Bob? How restrained of you ;)
     
  11. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I already have at least double the amount of locomotives needed to run my upcoming layout, but more are in the pipeline! At least extra locos mean you can ring the changes as fancy takes you.
     
  12. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    It's a 2-10-0 Russian in Frisco lettering from Bachmann's Spectrum line. Gotta have something for steam fantrips, and the area I model is too light for anything bigger.
     
  13. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Well for me I may have a steamer as well mainly for the effects for when I have visitors
     
  14. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The steam locos on my layout were supposed to be for museum trains, but then I acquired a number of freight wagons.........
    So I can now run a steam era session when the mood takes. :)
     
  15. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just realised I have two locomotives from a previous life that makes 6 already :)
     
  16. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You will never stay within your ten limit anyway, so cheat a little and don't count the two you already had in the total ;)
     
  17. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    It's OK- you're among friends here. If you go over your limit, we'll never tell..........;)
     
  18. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Lol thanks guys for your support, so far with my sales I am able to fund the 4 new locomotives as well as the NCE powercab for the new layout
     
  19. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    How difficult is it to convert the genesis bulbs to LED.

    Seems strange they use bulbs since N scale has been using LEDS since when I had hair which was a longtime time ago
     
  20. StickyMonk

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    I think at one point I had as many locos as freight cars!
     

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