Rob, from memory when I was playing with Loksound decoders a year or so ago
it is possible with CV programming to map functions to other function keys -
so this may be the only way to hear some of the effect sounds if they
default to F5 upward.
This was very easy with the Loksound PC decoder programmer and software but
probably a bit more complicated with just the Compact buttons and the
If you want just to have a play then I suggest you avoid Broadway Limited, I
have heard reports that programming is intermitant with some systems, (there
is an adapter you can buy to make programming easier/possible just for BL
locos!) plus a US model would have a reduced re-sell market over say a Roco
european-outline loco should you decide to stop playing... :o)
If you really just want to play why not get a Loksound decoder for ?105 from
generic steam or similar and plug it into any loco with a socket. Last time
I bought them they came with a small speaker....dunno now, gone off sound.
One was alright but when you had more it just gave me a headache and I ended
up switching them all off anyway....
Drop me a line offline if you want to chat more. Remove the piggy bits from
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