Ok so iv looked all over multiple railroad fourms but haven't found anything on this topic and I thought it best to make a discussion about it.

What is the "I think I can" chugging sound?

Well according to an old video on YouTube that I can no longer find, the Williams company put a very special joke sound clip in some of their o scale locomotives,  specifically the PRR-K4 and NYC-Niagara 

And this clip would trigger randomly and it was said to be " a ghostly voice" and the man didn't know what it was and said to his adult son "my train in talking to me" and recorded it. After listening to it they found it was saying "I think I can, I think I can " in a raspy voice like the little engine that could! 

He emailed williams and they were floored to find that somehow he got it to trigger,  they later sent the man a list of transformer imput commands to trigger the effect on que! Even better if you blew the whistle one time and started the engine again,  it would say " I thought I could "

So what I'm asking is if anyone else has this effect on their williams locomotives? 

And if you have a video PLEASE POST IT!

 

 

 

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Engineer James posted:

Ok so iv looked all over multiple railroad fourms but haven't found anything on this topic and I thought it best to make a discussion about it.

What is the "I think I can" chugging sound?

Well according to an old video on YouTube that I can no longer find, the Williams company put a very special joke sound clip in some of their o scale locomotives,  specifically the PRR-K4 and NYC-Niagara 

And this clip would trigger randomly and it was said to be " a ghostly voice" and the man didn't know what it was and said to his adult son "my train in talking to me" and recorded it. After listening to it they found it was saying "I think I can, I think I can " in a raspy voice like the little engine that could! 

He emailed williams and they were floored to find that somehow he got it to trigger,  they later sent the man a list of transformer imput commands to trigger the effect on que! Even better if you blew the whistle one time and started the engine again,  it would say " I thought I could "

So what I'm asking is if anyone else has this effect on their williams locomotives? 

And if you have a video PLEASE POST IT!

 

 

 

This was a feature installed in the software of QSI OEM sound systems used by Williams.

Lou N

Not only OEM, but QSI aftermarket systems and upgrades.  The QS2+ and QS3 sound sets titled “Small Steam” featured the “I think I can!” sequence. I have it in a RailKing 0-8-0 that I updated. 

OGR the Video did a segment on this with someone’s Weaver Niagara.  Maybe this one will be converted to the current digital format at some point. It was pretty cool when demonstrated.....

Peter

I found it! I made a Word file Table of Contents of all the issues....

OGR the Video. Volume 4 Number 15

Jim Ford’s Niagara

Peter

Somebody needs to put that in a 4-2-4T  Painted blue!

But going downhill, you need:  I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD...

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD would make a great set for children!

Last edited by Dominic Mazoch

April Fool's? 

'Cause that " Easter Egg" (term for modern tech's hidden stuff) might actually get me to run a sound board more often

Shame on the mfgs for not at least making a low tech starter set. If anything was going to touch non-christmas train folk; I'd think this is it... could be some royalty/copywrite issues though.... and having Thomas in the lineup might be a derailer too. "But they won't let us" might be a more suitable closing sound clip.

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