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Which manufacturers make DCC-Ready steam locos?

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Which manufacturers make DCC-Ready steam locos?
Posted by passenger1955 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:43 PM

I recently obtained a number of steam decoders, and I am interested in getting into some HO steam locos that are DCC-ready, preferably with room in the tender to add a battery or a speaker. I know Bachmann sells quite a few steam locos with DCC-Ready tenders, but I'm not a super Bachmann fan.  Can someone please recommend some other manufacturers I might look into that would suit my needs?  I am interested in both modern and older. Thanks.

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Posted by JOHN C TARANTO on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:22 PM

At one time BLI (Broadway Limited Imports) offered steamers that were DC/DCC ready.  Not sure if they still do with their recent runs.

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:06 PM

Before Walthers bought Life Like, that company produced a line of steam engines as part of the Proto 2000 Heritage line.

If you go on eBay and type "Proto 2000 Heritage", there are currently 45 new steam locomotives for sale. These are DCC Ready locos with plenty of room in the tender for decoders and speakers.

The Proto 2000 Heritage steamer is a great runner and puller.  Give them a try.

Rich

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Posted by passenger1955 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:17 PM

How about the InterMountain Railway 4-8-8-2 AC11 and AC12?

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:33 PM

passenger1955

How about the InterMountain Railway 4-8-8-2 AC11 and AC12?

 

I have several InterMountain diesels but no experience with their steamers.

Rich

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Posted by passenger1955 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:22 PM

Do the Intermountain diesels you have had have 8-pin sockets?

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Posted by 7j43k on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:38 PM

richhotrain

 

 
passenger1955

How about the InterMountain Railway 4-8-8-2 AC11 and AC12?

 

 

 

I have several InterMountain diesels but no experience with their steamers.

 

Rich

 

I recently picked up one of their cab-forwards with DCC/sound.  I really like it and consider it to be the best "plastic" articulated made.  I'd get more, but I don't model SP--it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing.

 

 

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Posted by richg1998 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:42 PM

You might check the Athearn site. They are releasing in 2017 some Roundhsoue 4-4-0's, 2-6-0's and 2-8-0's. I bought all three some years ago and they were DCC ready with the nine pin connector.

Check the Genesis page also. I thought I saw an email from Athearn not to log ago.

Rich

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Posted by snjroy on Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:38 PM

I know you said that you are looking for something else than Bachmann. May I ask why? The spectrum line is generally very good, apart from a few duds, that have been clearly identified on this forum. They are generally DCC ready. Are you looking for specific prototypes?

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:55 PM

Finding steam engines that are DCC-ready is pretty easy, most all engines made the last 10-15 years have an eight-pin receptacle in the tender. Finding which of those are DCC/Sound ready (i.e., have an opening in the tender for a speaker) is kinda hit-and-miss. Generally, the newer the engine, the more likely it is to have an area set up to accept a speaker.

Keep in mind that if you find an engine you like, drilling a few holes in the tender floor and installing a 1" speaker isn't all that hard.

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Posted by richg1998 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:58 PM

 Google different manufacturers and include dcc ready. The DCC industry is always changing. I have been watching Athearn and Bachmann for some years and they have had DCC ready.

 You will need a decoder, speaker and maybe a stay alive module. No idea if any decoders with battery, decoder and speaker being sold but bluetooth is emerging for HO scale.

Rich

 

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