I would appreciate a little guidance from the experts here as to exactly which ERR items I would need to order from 3rd Rail for upgrading the following engines.
1. MTH Premier NYC heavy Pacific w/PS1 from the 90's(NIB). I'm thinking the Cruise Commander kit, Railsounds kit for medium steam, along with GRJ's super chuffer items when available. Do these sound correct for this engine upgrade?
2. Sunset/3rd Rail Bessemer & Lake Erie 2-10-4 #643(3 rail) from 2007. This engine has the Train America Studios/Engine on Board system which has already had some issues.. Would I need to gut the whole system and replace with the Cruise Commander kit and the Railsounds kit for large steam or use the Cruise Commander M kit? I really don't know what parts are already in place with the TAS system. Of course the super chuffer items would also be installed.
3&4. Sunset/3rd Rail Canadian Pacific 2-10-4's #5931 & #5935(3 rail) from 2007. These engines are both in the same situation as the above 3rd Rail B&LE engine as far as having the factory installed TAS/EOB setup which I wish to replace exactly like the B&LE engine.
I will not be doing these installations-I'll leave that up to someone who knows what they're doing, but I would like to get the parts ordered for when that time comes. Help would be appreciated. Thanks
You would pretty much need a Cruise Commander and Railsounds Commander for each of these. The TAS boards don't lend themselves to a Cruise M unless you have a huge tender as with TAS the motor driver is also the motherboard.
You could salvage the audio boards but would have to get a motherboard from lionel to be able to reuse them. Not exactly plug and play but not excessively complicated either.
Best find and installer and discuss the options with them before ordering.