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Uniquely individual, handmade, fine scale models for around the same price as those mass produced, pre-built, all look alike, Chinese toys. We will sell nothing until it looks so good we want to keep it.

Ultimate On30 Gas Side Rod Critter Loco #8 DCC TCS WOW Sound KA4

Ultimate On30 Gas Side Rod Critter Loco #8 DCC TCS WOW Sound KA4

$ 699.99

If you like Gas Side Rod Critter Locos, here's a really LOUD mighty midget with a cab big enough for the whole track crew to ride. You won't find another one that runs this well and has a scratch built shell. Custom Bachmann On30 Scale Center Cab 4-axle Gas Side Rod Critter loco #8, with DCC, Train Control Systems #1533 WOW101-KA Diesel sound, and working direction controlled Front & Rear LED lights. Don't like our prime mover, Galloping Goose #3 horn, or bell sounds? That's okay, there's a whole library of other sounds available on this TCS WOW101-KA (1533) diesel sound system for you to tinker with all using the easily accessible TCS audio assistant - NO MORE CV CODE programming. Audio assist has easy menu driven choices just like voice mail.

(NOTE: Don't like audio assist? Try the incredibly easy to use TCS Online Diesel CV Code Generating Programming Guide.)

We started with a brand new Bachmann HO scale GE 45 ton locomotive 85207 with DCC. We removed all the extraneous digital junk Bachmann puts in on top of the motor, and installed a new DCC Train Control Systems #1533 WOW101-KA Diesel system with a 28mm 2 watt loudspeaker wired direct to the motor. Now, it runs so slow on notch #1, you can barely see it moving. But you can sure hear it!

We removed the original body and installed a crew cab shell that mounts onto the chassis via the original 4 screws under the cab. The new cab has two rear doors with latch detail, open dusty window glass plastic, fully painted and weathered Engineer and Fireman figures, 4-more track crew figures, tool box on fireman's side front deck, fully painted cab interior, detailed front/rear radiator vents, under chassis mounted bell, front & rear grab railings, ladder steps, two exhaust stacks, air tanks under chassis, side rods with counter weights on all axles and a new 28mm round speaker in the cab. The finished model has several coats of acrylic weathering with a final light coat of dust, so it will look good (or would that be bad) for many years to come. The separate custom cast resin cab roof fits so well, we didn't need to glue it down, allowing easy access to the cab interior.

After all that work, we couldn't resist running it around the test track a few times so it probably has ten minutes or less of run time on it before we cleaned the wheels and packed it up. Not only does it look great with Bachmann 18' cars (not included), but it ran great on our 15" radius test track with no problems even with 18' On30 freight cars coupled to it.

All the original Bachmann and TCS paperwork is included, so you can play with the audio assistant menus all you like, but not the original box since the modified loco no longer fits in it. You will receive the actual model shown in the photos. Items combined if possible and include professional packing and insurance. Background scenery, track and On30 freight cars are NOT included.

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