Woodie put a Tusami (sp?) sound into a loco to prove that it worked, but the sound takes more battery power than the loco motor does, so he removed it. He and I are not impressed with sound, in my case I have never heard one that sounded like a real steam loco. I knew the fellow that developed the PFM, and later PBS sound systems, before he moved to Washington state. He spent so much time in his basement listening to electronically generated noise that he swore that it sounded just like the real thing--not as far as I am concerned.
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As Bill Fornshell can tell you, sound eats up far more battery power than just running. Bill uses the ALL-TROL system which has sound capabilities with r/c. As Herb stated, we don't care for sound effects (I love to hear the outdoor sounds since that's where my layout is) but as for now, I wouldn't have sound due to short charge life. An example..that Tsunami board I put in an On30 Shay would probably get me maybe an hour of run between charges. Without the sound, I get 6 to 8 hours on a charge. I can run silent and be able to have an op session without worrying about charging batteries. Someday, model train manufacturers will "see the light" but right now, they are groveling in the darkness and want everybody else to do the same.
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The simple answer is yes you can MU analog and DCC locos (I have) as well as 2 and 4 digit address locos. The analog loco won't have momentum (CV3 and CV4) programmed in (no decoder) so these two CVs are best programmed to 0. I have a Digitrax Zephyr with 2 DT400R radio throttles and have never regretted going DCC. Many of my locos have sound and now that I'm going from HO logging to On30 logging, I'll have sound in all of my locos, mind you I'm going from 20 or so to 4 locos.
I won't ever get into 'debates' on one system Vs another as they all have good and bad features. It's all a personal preference.
Last edited on Fri Jan 21st, 2011 01:02 pm by mosslake1