I'm pretty disappointed in Menards right now. Been through 2 Amtrak stations and both of them play a modulating whine (almost a scale) when the animated sign is lit and a constant whine when they are detached from the circuit board.
Then I do a bit of research and find that Menards had known about this for years. It's so loud that everyone in the living room can hear it on my Christmas layout. Why they heck haven't they done anything about it?
But I digress, so my questions are has anyone had success with ...
- a lower power transformer?
-a different power distributor that runs without hum, if only to run the exterior lights, which are connected with a JST plug?
- wiring the Amtrak sign wires together so they light continuously (with a different power source)
-removing the Black cardboard backing and just putting a regular bulb in there to illuminate a the structure like an old Christmas house?
I really like the structure itself as I have memories seeing many of these when riding Amtrak as a kid. However I'm not sure I want to invest more in this and the noise is intolerably annoying for individuals with intact hearing.
Open to suggestions.