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Does Anyone Actually Use Soundtraxx SoundCar?

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Does Anyone Actually Use Soundtraxx SoundCar?
Posted by Trainman440 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 2:02 PM

Hi, simple question, do you or anyone you know actually use soundcar decoders on like a train to train basis? (excludes those who bought like one or two just to experiment). 

Im just curious, because while the concept of the SoundCar decoder seems cool, I haven't seen anyone actually implement it onto their layout to the point where majority of running trains have SoundCar installed. And in that sense, the product has failed to capture the consumer. 

Charles

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:47 PM

I bought a pack of three of them when they were on sale at one of the online vendors.

My main purpose was installing one in a Chichago and North Western push-pull cab car where it served a perfect solution for this application.

I have a bell, horn and air conditioner compressor sound, plus air brake and wheel squeal sounds, directional headlight, marker light, gyra light and roof-top rotary beacon all wired in to it. I forget now where I mounted the speaker but it was before the proliferation of the tiny cube speakers.

Another one was mounted in a mechanical refrigerator car. It cycles the engine sound on or off at random. I have the volume very low but occasionally a visitor will hear it and comment on the sounds.

The third is mounted in a Budd Great Dome car. These cars had an additional diesel engine for the air conditioner. Again, the volume is very low but if you pay attention to the passing train you can hear it.

The squeal sounds are a nice touch and I have them set up to occur at a not too frequent cycle. If you hit the emergency brake you can hear the brake line exhaust the air.

I have fun with them, that's what its all about Smile

Regards, Ed

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Posted by G Paine on Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:34 PM

At Boothbay Railway Village we put one in a stock car so the cows will go moo. It kind of gets lost with the other sound equipped locomotves we run

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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