Yeah... I'm not a steam modeler (- yet! -) but based on past comments their
light Mikado sure seems likes a standout. Their sound system is described
as "DC-sound equipped" -- how does that work with DCC?
Other manufacturers I have seen mention are Bowser (kit) and Athearn (out of
I'd assume a steam engine as common as this one was had more model
manufacturers in the past, or maybe some new ones in the planning stages
as "DC-sound equipped" -- how does that work with DCC?<
It's actually a DC and DCC sound decoder. As purchased the engine will
have sound with DC use. To convert to DCC the engine needs an added motor
decoder which plugs right in. The supplied sound decoder works with DCC so
all you need to do is set some CVs!
Trix makes one, probably the nicest detailed one available now but
pricey, see the MR review to see how it pulls.
Broadway makes a nice one, I like mine (a pre blueline one in the
maroon box, although a few things are not well detailed, like the
tender trucks. Great pullers with the traction tires (out pulls my
Sunset GN and Bachman USRA 2-10-2s)
Oriental made one with a cast boiler on a Samhongsa mechanism, funky
non standard tender truck mounting system with a cotter pin (sort
of)if you want different trucks you have to fabricate a bolster. I
sold both mine. Not a great puller, slightly better than Athearn
Athearn is also a Samhongsa drive but a better detailed boiler. Stock
engines are lousy pullers (Bachman 2-8-0s are better)partly due to the
balance point being on the third driver so the one and two drivers do
little work. There are a large number of articles on the net on how to
add weight and more importantly where to put it so the engine is
properly balanced between the second and third driver, a fellow in our
club did this and they pull a lot better.
PFM made many in Brass over the years, manufactured by United. Show up
fairly often on e-Bay, not sure about how well they pull, maybe some
one can jump in here.
Mantua/Tyco - Bowser. A Bowser boiler on a Mantua/Tyco chassis should
pull well even if it's an open frame motor. The later mechanism looks
to me like the can motor they chose is too small, Mellor made a
repowering kit. Not a USRA tender.
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment
by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
Athearn briefly did a USRA light mike in the Genesis line a few years ago.
Cary used to make both USRA light and heavy boiler/cab castings designed to
fit on a Mantua/Tyco mikado chassis, together with a set of appropriate
brass detail parts. And I believe the very much missed Harold Mellor made a
conversion kit for using a slightly modified Mantua/Tyco pacific boiler on
their mikado chassis to make a pretty good representation of the USRA light
Tonight was an operating session at our club, and one of our members spoke
very highly of the Trix Mikado... he didn't have one, but a friend did and
they thought it was a very smooth-moving mechanism...
Does anyone have comments on their experience wit Trix Mikado and its sound,
or any other Light Mikados?
A friend has one (I think, it may be a 2-8-0 instead). He runs it on DCC.
His complaint is with the whistle. When you push the whistle button, it
goes through its pre-recorded toot sequence. You can't control the length
of the whistle blasts, so no whistling for crossings, no short toots, no
long toots. Always the same whistle sounds. The sound is good but there
is no control.
I think the chuff sounds are among the best, if not the best, of his sound
And that seems a foregone conclusion in this discussion
How does the Blue Line and Broadway's regular line differ - I assume just
less fidelity in external details?
less fidelity in external details?<
Decoder. The earlier BLI engines had a QSI decoder and the Blueline
have a sound only decoder, making it a DC engine. Adding your own motor
decoder will make it a DCC engine.
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