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Old 09-05-2020, 03:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The geese had different motors, too, so I'd think the sound would certainly be close enough to count. Let's be practical--lacking a recording of a Mack engine, any small gas engine will have to do in order to be reasonably prototypical. It's certainly going to be much closer than an Alco or EMD prime mover.



I've got Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders in both of my Geese. I'm using the 1-amp version, and that's proven perfectly adequate. Note that you can find the older 1-amp Tsunami decoders pretty cheap now that the Tsunami2 decoders are out on the market. The differences between the older and newer generation boards aren't really noticeable to the operation of the Geese or other critters, so if you can find one for cheap(ish), you're not losing anything. I've seen them going for as low as $50 from dealers looking to clear old stock.


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One thing to remember is where/what you may do in the future esp for track powered DCC. My purchases now are for decoders that can handle over 24 volts and my system does output 24 volts (my DC power pack is 30 volts input). Older MRC decoders have regulators that get real hot on my system and I added heat sinks. Some soundtraxx decoders are built to get an error over 22 volts. Some command stations are les than 20 volts so no problem with them, but you can not run a 'fast train' fast!! LGB acela is one for example.
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