Been pondering the idea of upgrading my old 20-3029-1 Mike’s GS-4, and I finally realized what I want to do about it. I’ve heard the MTH sound files for GS/4, both the PS2 3v with/without air horn and PS3s... I like most of the whistles, but the chuff does nothing for me on any of them - and since the chuff is a constant when running - it shouldn’t lack.
After playing the limited ERR steam files out there - I grew to love Large Steam (which seems to be identical to the latest Lionel Legacy #611 J, minus Legacy), but the problem is it doesn’t have the air horn. The whistle is great and believable enough for a GS-4, it isn’t tiring. The chug is the real winner. It’s heart-pounding and robust and it sounds great. This is how I want my daylight to sound and I like that it will have TMCC. Missing the air horn though sucks, and since the whistle on the Daylight file sounds much more like a UP FEF - I can’t see myself believing that one in the GS-4. It’s too bad they didn’t swap the whistles on those files because the Dayljght would have been perfect if so.
My idea is to add sound and tmcc coupler to my water tender and leave it in Signal Sounds mode. I would put the Daylight file in it and only blow the air horn while lashed to the GS-4 which will have the Large Steam file in its tender.
Doing the PS3 upgrade at this point is undesirable to me and I don’t want the mikes sound, plus my other Daylights are all Lionel so I don’t want to be stuck when tethered MTH water tender that only connects to a Mikes engine. I can put a tmcc equipped tender behind anything though.
does anyone see an issue with doing this? Is it possible?
*Also found that the articulated file is the same as the Vision Legacy 4014 sounds and I’m thinking of just putting ERR in one of my older Korean Big Boys and forgoing the idea of waiting around for a $3k new Chinese Vision Line oil tender version to come out.
anyone still do these kinds of upgrades? I’m interested in having at least these two done. Thanks.