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Well, the MTH upgrade for steam has an edge in price, the $200 kit is all-in-one for a full upgrade.  The ERR stuff has gone up in price to almost $300 for the Cruise Commander and RailSounds Commander, and of course for truly full function of smoke, etc. you have to add some additional bits for another $100.

You can use most any fan driven smoke unit, I believe the Commodore is pretty roomy inside so it's not a difficult fit.

Yeah….I thought about that. But I have a question. Is it me or do all the steam whistles from MTH’s steam upgrade kits sound exactly the same?

I ask because I have a couple brass steamers that were upgraded using the MTH kits and (if you close your eyes and listen) the engine whistles sound identical.

I’m trying to get away from all the steam engines sounding the same…know what I mean?

@Junior posted:

Yeah….I thought about that. But I have a question. Is it me or do all the steam whistles from MTH’s steam upgrade kits sound exactly the same?

I ask because I have a couple brass steamers that were upgraded using the MTH kits and (if you close your eyes and listen) the engine whistles sound identical.

I’m trying to get away from all the steam engines sounding the same…know what I mean?

Well, with the PS32 board, you can load almost any 3V PS/2 sound files and many of the PS/3 sound files, so you should be able to find a suitable whistle. That's certainly something you can't do with ERR.  For non-articulated steam for ERR, you basically have three choices, the Small, Medium, and Large steam boards.

Also for DCS updates, using Mark DiVecchio's ADPCM Sound File Editor, you can actually pluck a whistle sound from any sound file and drop it into the one you're using.  It's a little fiddly to work with, but it's a pretty cool capability for customizing sound files.  Some people have even replaced the crew talk with customized crew talk.

Post-war Lionel 2343 F3 AA units accompanied by a modern era B unit with railsounds  circles the Shenandoah Short Line while hauling a consist of modern era Lionel Lines aluminum fifteen inch passenger cars.  I must say that the railsounds B unit sounds just a tad better than the old 2343 bicycle horn.😜

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@Arnold D. Cribari  As an homage to the City of New Orleans, here is a recently completed/acquired City Of Miami running on my less than sceniced layout.  I am amazed this MTH E6 pulls this 10 car set. I need to oil the cars for better rolling. At idle this pulls 3.5 amps and 4.5 amps plus when running. Its apparent I need a new power drop in the tunnel section to eliminate a small voltage drop.

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Not only is it going to be run at the NJ HiRailers, in addition, Ben and/or you, John, and/or other wonderful NJ HiRailer members are going to run it there while I sing the City of New Orleans train song.

I've already discussed this with Ben, and I plan to have this City of New Orleans performance happen at the next NJ HiRailers train show open to the public on Sunday, February 18th.

Arnold

For those of us who can't make it, can we get a promise of a video with the recording of the singing?

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I finally more or less completed this passenger train.  Not all the cars pictured, but at least each of the car types are and more or less in order.  The Slumbercoach is an anomaly as it technically ran on the Denver Zephyr, but I'm pulling the Set with E5s which isn't accurate either.

* Edited to include my 3rd Rail E5s which will be the primary power for this train.  Yes I know that CBQ F3s and later E7s, 8s, and 9s pulled this train, but the slant nose E5 is such an iconic locomotive it would be a shame not to pair with these wonderful cars.  Also, note that the images of the locomotives were shot in essentially the same light as the Atlas cars (noon-2pm daylight) to get sense of the color match.

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"Silver Antelope" is a little out of place on an otherwise mostly CBQ set, however these cars mixed and matched between CBQ, DRGW, & WP regularly.  I have a few cars that are unlettered that will get straight "Burlington" decals anyway.

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*This color match on Silver Lariat is not an anomaly.  It really is more "silver" than the other cars and honestly feels closer to stainless.  This is also the first run with the infamous window shades on the outside of the glass.  Silver Lariat is also different than "Silver Rifle" as the opposite side of the car has a "conductor's window" which was typically the second dome in the consist.

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One more dome coach without a conductor's window would go in this location.

"Silver Lounge" was the dorm and lounge car for the train and open to all passengers.

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The full diner came next.  I like the kitchen side of "Silver Cafe" in that it does not have all the windows to the kitchen portion of the car.

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The not so prototypical Slumbercoach for this train.  I shot this in evening light which is why the color is so much warmer.  It's also a GGD car and not an Atlas one.  However, side by side, it is a pretty good color match.

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"Silver Palm" represented the 16-section sleeper that ran on this train.  Prior to the Slumbercoach this was the economy sleeper.  These would be rebuilt into full coaches in the early 1960's.     

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Three more 10-6 sleepers would typically be in this location.

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"Silver Quail" is a 6-5 sleeper that was added to the train in the 1950's.

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Finally, one of the most famous observations on the rails, "Silver Penthouse" represented the best of the best in modern railroading of the era.  3 bedrooms and a lounge, this configuration would prove popular with Budd.

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* Final edit on this post:  I purchased the K-line "Silver Bear" CBQ baggage car and the WP "Silver Platter" for a very fair price, but after accumulating most of the accurate cars I decided to upgrade those.  In the spirit of what Rob has done, I will be re-lettering those cars for either Burlington or another road.  Posted here to show the difference in detailing and why I felt it was important to upgrade those two cars.

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Re: E5’s on the CZ. There is a publicity shot of an E5AB set pulling the California Zephyr.  I can’t recall which book in which I saw it.  Slumbercoaches were not chosen to be on the CZ as the window pattern broke up the continuous line formed by the majority of the consist.  The pattern was sometimes broken anyway when NYC through-cars in NYC colors were added.

While I didn't run any trains today, I did fiddle with some new models I got this week. I finally found a "Sojourner Truth" MetroNorth coach and I picked up my pre-ordered Lionel Ocean View dome too. A few of your local hobby shops should have some in stock this week. I provided a shot of Ocean View behind an MTH F40PH so you can see how the colors match up (very well).

I bought the dome to complete a Downeaster train I wanted to model ever since I saw it back in 2011. I had no idea all the announcements in this model are for the Downeaster. I love it!  The only tricky part is switching back-and-forth between DCS and TMCC because all my Genesis engines are MTH. I'm getting the hang of it now because my other Downeaster uses a Lionel NPCU. Mixing control systems is becoming more common around here.




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Found some low end Williams Madison cars and made a U.S. Army Troop Transport cars, added some K-line seats with painted soldiers, sailors, Marines along with some nurses, added LEDs in one car the observation car still has the Williams bulbs, those will get replaced, Decals are from K4 but were for a boxcar and Army vehicles. Bought the paint at Lowes, Rust-Oleum Flat Deep Forest Green.

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@Bill Park posted:

A New Haven Mountain type hussels a passenger express through Roscoe New York on the O&W section of my layout

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Bill,  Thank you.  Was trying something different than just shooting a moving train.

Also, the link is not working, at least for me.  I tried an iPad and a PC and neither one worked.

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Everyday passenger service ( between York Pa, and Baltimore, Md. ) on the Maryland and Pennsylvania RR. was provided by either doodle bug number 62 as shown here or doodlebug number 61.   This is a Lionel Lion Chief Plus model which I bought this January from one of our forum sponsors.   Aside from the bell being on the wrong side this is a somewhat accurate model ( close enough for me ) of number Ma & Pa 62. As the Ma & Pa is one of the railroads I model,  this doodlebug was "must have" for me. It has great sound with 5 different bell and horn selections.  IMG_3324IMG_3304IMG_3404IMG_3312

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A pre-dawn passenger train slows for its approach to the Great Northeastern Railway's Union Station Christopolis.

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A busy morning at suburban station Terryville.

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The end of an Atlantic Coastline Railway's passenger speeds through the winter snow on its way to the warmth of Miami, Florida.

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The PRR/New Haven RRs' train, the Federal, gets a highball after leaving Union Station Christopolis on its way to Pennsylvania Station, New York where it will hand off New Haven Passenger cars to the New Haven RR for the balance of its journey to Boston.

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This is Lionel's Santa Fe Super Chief passenger set from 2003-2004. A 4-car set was released first, then an add-on 2-car set a year later. These came with LED lighting and painted interiors and passenger figures with the new trucks and flexible diaphragms. The baggage car even has a table and chair for the baggage master.  The complete set consists of a baggage car, 3 Pullmans, a dome car, and an observation car.

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@Sitka posted:

Found some low end Williams Madison cars and made a U.S. Army Troop Transport cars, added some K-line seats with painted soldiers, sailors, Marines along with some nurses, added LEDs in one car the observation car still has the Williams bulbs, those will get replaced, Decals are from K4 but were for a boxcar and Army vehicles. Bought the paint at Lowes, Rust-Oleum Flat Deep Forest Green.

Very nice work.  Love what you did with those Williams cars. 

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