Patience, you're gonna need lots of it - this one runs so smooth slow! Bad track, dead switch points or throws, this locomotive just keeps on running. We started with a Bachmann On30 4-4-0 Amercian inside frame locomotive with DCC #28306. We removed all the extraneous digital junk Bachmann puts in from the motor all the way back to the factory DCC & PCB boards in the tender, and installed a new DCC, Train Control Systems (TCS) Wow Sound Version 4 with Keep Alive, wired direct to the motor. Now, it runs so smooth and slow you won't have the patience to keep it below notch 5 on your DCC system. Don't like our whistle sound? That's okay, there's loads of others available along with other chuff sounds/rates, 2 or 3 cylinder and/or articulated 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.
We added fully painted and weathered Engineer and Fireman figures, a new larger wider Comfort Cab taken from an On30 2-6-0, lettered the cab for #48, put a full load of coal in the tender, replaced the rope bell and whistle pulls with new wire pulls and painted & weathered the entire locomotive. We left the cab side windows wide open so you can see inside and so the crew could wave out the windows and get some fresh air. 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.
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. 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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