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@Ron045: Question about a ground-up install I'm thinking about.  I have a big Premier R2 2-8-8-2 that was originally a PS2 but has no board.  I'm thinking that with its size and all the room in the tender and loco shell, this is a perfect opportunity to try a complete Bluerail + Battery install.

I don't run any DCC at all, everything has always been conventional 3-rail.  I'd like to install something like the Tsunami "Big Stem" decoder in my R-2 because it's a big steam loco and should include an interesting sound system.  But I have a couple questions:

  1. I see the Tsunami decoders are listed as "incompatible with 3-rail".  Since I'm thinking of battery, does that mean I'm still OK (i.e. technically I'm running the equivalent of 2-rail without the AC)?
  2. If so, does that mean I'm then stuck on battery permanently?  If I installed a switch to try to run off of AC power when not using battery, I'd be dead in the water?
  3. Does the Tsunami decoder work with my existing tach reader in the loco (Ps2 tach reader) to coordinate the smoke, or do I need one of GRJ's Chuffers to do that?

I'm willing to put a couple hundred bucks into this loco since it's big and beautiful and I got it cheap, but I don't want to buy something and be stuck with an unusable gadget.



My Atlas AEM 7 with Soundtrax TSU2200 runs on 3 rails AC track power.  I believe the BR board is what makes that possible.


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