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08-07-2020 12:13 PM
Pauli I don't know is the name is the same i English, but there is a very fine straw material used for flower arrangements "Sisal", that is perfect for modelling hay (and birdnests). I have not yet found out in what shape hay was delivered an distributed to cities at the time. So I don't know what waggotype I need for that either.

I would like a specialty type waggon for "Kleinwieh", used for chicken (and sheep). I had one, but the roof shape was an era givaway.

The winewaggons are among the visually finest of Märklin models, so they can do without sound.😂

I'm doing a similar project for a local persontra
in, with two axle coaches with open plattforms. That one is nearer completion.

Seated passengers are mostly simple Chinese make, but the plattforms and luggage car, I now have an impressive collection of figurines for.

And I have worked out a magnetic brake-hose arrangement. The passage-ramps inbetween coathes is not q
uite decided yet.

Oh I'm sorry I got very OT - but I think we could add a lot to our trains. Especially sounds!
08-07-2020 11:47 AM
Pauli Good idea! I have done a great deal of experimenting with the sound aspect.

Though I prefer a "live steam" whistle, i did use the circuit from a Chinese made doorbell, that could record custom sounds, and managed to hook it up to my computer, and download German locomotive bell sound. (I did record German standard / Preussian whistle sound as well, but decided on "live steam".

Annoyingly, the circuit "forgets" the sound after a few months. 😬 So that one is scrapped.

Chuffers are great! I wish someone would make Helmholtz (Bangham) resonator whistles. At least a German / Preussian standard, would have a given market.

Our electric sparky counterparts, nowadays have incredible sound reportoirs. Air- and steampumps, brakesound and coal showeling!

Everyone who has put a videocamera onboard, will have noticed the incredibly prototype like sound of track-joints! Wonder if it would be nice to amplify?

The insane screathing high-pitch sound in sharp curves though, could be trackside.

Being European, buffers hitting eachother during switching, would be very nice. (I think there are piezoelectric or something, that reacts to touch.)

I have a long term project of a cargo train consist, modelling a fantasy German "city supply" cargo train, set about 1910-1925, coming from the countryside.

The official (Preussian) rules said any wagon type could be used for any cargo beeing possible to safely load. This meant medium "plank" open waggons were loaded with cattle, pigs - even if normally used for coal. Horses were carried in vans, with open doors and purpose built fencing in the door openings.

I have been collecting suitable animal figures for years now. 😁 Another nice thing, is that brakemen were populating cargo-trains in that era, so I''m collecting suitable personell as well.

Of course I would like sounds of horses, cows, pigs and sheep associated with each waggon.😀
07-24-2020 12:25 PM
Pete Thornton
Ideal for small Live Steam locos.
I just thought of that and realized you had posted about it.

I got some Radio Shack 8-ohm speakers on sale for a couple of $, and I see they still have them for $4. They are surprisingly good for the size they are.

My tiny little Feldbahn loco has one in it, along with the MyLocoSound card:

07-23-2020 09:49 PM
L & B "LYN" whistle.

RCS has just received more stock of the MRW made plug in whistle sound recorded from the L & B "LYN".
Ideal for small Live Steam locos.
Easy install. Just plug into the R/C and add an 8 ohm speaker.

Click pic of "LYN" to hear a sample sound.


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