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OK all you DCC users and folks who want to operate with DIGITAL COMMAND CONTROL, here's a chance to discuss matters and exchange information. There is a movement underfoot to establish a real forum so operators and sound effects lovers can ask questions and offer advice. This is a real opportunity to get in touch with DCC guys from across the world. How about some input, a new forum is waiting to be born.

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Here's a question to get the DCC Forum started.  I admit posting on another forum recently but any extra information would be welcome. I'm looking for suggestions for a suitable sound decoder for the Bachmann rail truck. Being UK based, it's not a sound I'm familiar with although a general trawl seems to suggest Goose type sound decoders are popular. I'll be using NCE Power Cab if that's relevant. Needless to say in this day and age, I'm looking to keep the cost as reasonable as possible too so ideas on good suppliers and whether sound only decoders are worth considering would also be appreciated. So far I'm told that the Bachmann based rail truck and the Goose were based on Pierce Arrow vehicles, hence the use of Goose sound decoders in the rail truck by some modellers. Doug.

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Doug-I'm not really sure about this, but I believe SOUNDTRAXX has the "goose" sounds, you might check on their site. Surely there are others out here who know the answer. As for "reasonable" cost, that might be in the "eye of the beholder"... Take care.
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Woodie - thanks for the comments. I'm aware of Tsunami, Soundraxx DSX and LokSound Goose decoders with varying comments on their effectiveness. I guess I'm looking for as much additional information as I can scrounge before diving in and commiting myself as I have two vehicles to set up. And as far as "reasonable" cost is concerned, I'm definitely on the cheap side of free!

Doug

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" cheap side of free!"




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I have a LokSound Goose decoder in one of my McKeen Motor Cars. It sounds good and I have not had any problems with it.

I also have a Tsunami Goose decoder for another McKeen but it isn't installed yet.

Your sound is dependent about 100% on how good your speaker is.

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Bill - Thanks for the information. So far I've used 28mm high base speakers with enclosures to good effect in conjunction with an On30 2-6-0 Mogul conversion following advice from Laurie McLean and would consider the same again - unless I'm told otherwise, of course! I'll report back once the decoder has been chosen and installed.

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I have Loksound in a Goose.  Very pleased with the sounds.  It even changes gear as it moves off.

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Don-LOKSOUND sounds like a plan to me. I was able to install a tiny LOKSOUND DCC/sound chip and speaker in an HO Thomas loco. It sounded great and even had the "peanut" whistle that the "real" Thomas used. They have some really tiny boards..expensive but very nice. I would look for one of those.
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Like Woodie says, LokSound looks good. Useful tip about the gear change, Don - thanks.

Doug

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Continuing the Rail Truck sound saga, can anyone help me sort out the most suitable Loksound Goose decoder options? Most web sites quote a model number of 72461 but this seems now to be a downloadable sound file on the ESU web site. I'm told by one supplier that this is an obsolete non-supported item and the new version which they supply is 74461. Also, there appear to be two versions of this, an 8 pin and a 21 pin. What's the difference? As a relative newcomer to DCC I haven't met this distinction before. There seem to be other options but I suspect they are blank decoders that need loading with the sound file.  I'm assuming I need a minimum 1Amp decoder for the Bachmann Rail Truck. Don (Paladin) has suggested I post this on a "two heads are better than one" basis and thanks ,Don, for your input to date.

Doug

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Sorry to be late with this response. I have used two Soundtrax TSU750 sound decoders in two of my Bachmann 0-4-0 Gas Mech and they sound very good. They are small but fit ok with some work, they too sound like they are changing gear.

Rod.

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Rod - Thanks for the info.

 Doug

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Hi,

I have a LokSound Goose Decoder in one of my McKeen Motor Cars. The box has the following written on it (product number 72449 LokSound V3.5 Baldwin VO 6cyl, 1chime Air Horn).

It sounds cool and runs great.

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Bill - Thanks for the comments.
Doug


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