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I would like to purchase one of these 'N' gauge locos for the american layout, they come with DCC /sound fitted ..... my question is have any of you seen or purchased one of them ?

How do they perform and is the quality of sound good on them as before i spend my hard earned i would appreciate some views.


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QUOTE (upnick @ 7 Aug 2008, 21:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I would like to purchase one of these 'N' gauge locos for the american layout, they come with DCC /sound fitted ..... my question is have any of you seen or purchased one of them ?

How do they perform and is the quality of sound good on them as before i spend my hard earned i would appreciate some views.


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I have two of these beauties {The Challengers} They run wonderfully and pull very well indeed. The sound is first class and I would heartily recommend them in fact I am seriously thinking of getting another! Next to the new Kato GS4 Daylight they are the best N Scale locomotives on sale today.
 

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QUOTE (Pete from BCRC @ 17 Aug 2008, 14:22) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have two of these beauties {The Challengers} They run wonderfully and pull very well indeed. The sound is first class and I would heartily recommend them in fact I am seriously thinking of getting another! Next to the new Kato GS4 Daylight they are the best N Scale locomotives on sale today.

Hi Pete,
Welcome to the forum i hope you find it helpful friendly bunch on here, if you need anything dont hesitate to ask.
Yes i am still contemplating one of these as the American layout isnt up and running yet.
 

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Hi,

I'm new to the board but not new to N-scale. I own 2 Athearn Challengers and 2 Big Boys. Both types are extremely well detailed and pull like the proverbial mule. There are a couple of issues that you should be aware of tho. The MRC decoders have no read back and imho have poor motor control.

All 4 of my units now have the MRC decoders replaced with Tsunami Micro's.

Other than that, I think you'll be very pleased with your purchase
 

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According to the MG Sharp website these locos will not come with the DC radio remote control because of non-conformance with UK radio frequencies.
As far as I can see this will not affect DCC control in any way.
 

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My Big Boy arrived today. It certainly is an impressive beast. There are a couple of problems with it. One is that it's too long to fit on the re-railer. :) The other problem is that the tender derails over Minitrix trailing points. :-( It runs fine over a facing point. So far I've just run it on DC to test it.
As this loco has 28 functions and my Lokmaus 2 only has four function buttons plus light, it looks like I will be needing a new DCC system.
As I mentioned in my last post, it does not come with the wireless remote control for analogue operation, but strangely, the battery for it is included.
 

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QUOTE (poliss @ 26 Sep 2008, 17:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My Big Boy arrived today. It certainly is an impressive beast. There are a couple of problems with it. One is that it's too long to fit on the re-railer. :) The other problem is that the tender derails over Minitrix trailing points. :-( It runs fine over a facing point. So far I've just run it on DC to test it.
As this loco has 28 functions and my Lokmaus 2 only has four function buttons plus light, it looks like I will be needing a new DCC system.
As I mentioned in my last post, it does not come with the wireless remote control for analogue operation, but strangely, the battery for it is included.

Great news Poliss

To reach its full potential you will need to invest in a new system, why the battery is included is a mystery, still contemplating one here though i'm not sure it could go through some of the curves on the layout as my SD 90 Mac isnt fond of one spot and derails one truck, and the big boy is a larger loco ...out of interest how long is the big boy.
 

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Beautiful loco. Sound is much better on DCC. Still have a problem with the four-wheeled front truck of the tender coming off on all my points, Minitrix, Peco and Kato double scissors. Checked the back-to-back distance and it's fine. Could it be because the front truck of the tender is sprung? The trucks on the locomotive itself have no problems going through the points.
 

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All fixed. :) :) It was old fishplates. The were loose and there was a bump to the next piece of track. Being an old fashioned type they were thick too. Also the rail to frog wasn't level. Filed that down and now it runs smoothly over everything.
 

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Well i found out how good these locos are after one arrived here this morning
i chased around looking for one yesterday and thanks to info from Poliss found one ........ the sound is great and an incredible loco looks like the track needs the odd gap sorting on the insulating joins and all will run smoother something i was intending to sort out anyway and will help all the locos run smoother.
 

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*** unionpacific phill ***

How do two big boys run together in a consist as i am tempted with another one after selling off most of my British stock, only about four locos to sell off now.
 
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