It's been ages since I posted anything new on this blog. I have been busy building my layout over the last couple of years and already have decoders in nearly all of my locomotives. Here is something new that I finished recently.
I actually started this project a few years ago. I got it working but was not satisfied with the way the sound cut out whenever good electric contact between the wheels and the rails was lost. After purchasing some TCS KA1 keep alive modules and some better quality metal wheel sets I wanted to try to finish it up.
The car I am using for this project is an Atlas 4 bay ACF covered hopper. The decoder is an older version of Soundtraxx. I built this speaker sound box from scraps of styrene to be placed over one of the high points between the bays of the hopper. This really helps amplify the sound.
This does not roll as freely as it would without the axle wipers but this car will be right behind the power so should be OK.
That a heat sink that needs to be put back after the wires are connected.
A demonstration of the sound is on this Youtube video.
Excellent work sir! Was this started before sound in n scale got so popular? Just a tip but I've found that sealing the speaker enclosure really helps amplify the sound.ReplyDelete
Thanks. By sealing do you mean the opening on the bottom ?Delete
Don't know if you will get sent a notice if a comment is made. Could find no email or other way to get in touch.ReplyDelete
I'm wondering if you are still operating the blog and if not why not. Just concerned as this last year as taken a toll on everyone.
I've taken the liberty of copying all your posts as they seem like they could be valuable. Especially to someone like me just starting out in DCC and N Scale.
Hope all is well and that you were taking a long vacation. You can reach me at (remove the at and use the symbol) jwallin at jakee308.com
Hi and sorry for the late replay. I am fine, thank you for your concern. I don't get any notification of a new comment until I check the blog myself. The reason there have not been any new posts is that I have retired from doing installs for others and so do not have much new material to post on. I am still active in the hobby building and operating a layout and trying to finish getting decoders into my last few locos that don't have them. My E-mail address is ntrakathotmail.com.Delete