ESU released a new sound file for their ‘LokSound (XL) V4.0′ digital decoder. The new sound for the GG-1 type electric locomotive is now available for download on ESU’s website.
“The iconic GG-1 is known around the world as the American Electric Streamliner. Built by GE and the famous Pennsylvania Railroad Altoona Shops, the GG-1s were constructed between 1934 to 1943. Operating in a multitude of paint schemes the GG-1s ran on PRR, Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and NJT. Primarily they ran on the North East Corridor between New York City and Washington DC. They did occasionally see service on other electric lines around the north east United States.
Though the GG-1 was relatively quiet compared to its diesel electric cousins our ESU version includes correct GG-1 A-200 Air horns, Proper GG-1 Bells, Sounds of the pantographs going up and down, transformer sounds, traction motor fans, traction motor gear whine, random compressor, new air release and brake squeal sounds, curve squeal, and track sounds.”
The picture below shows a GG-1 in Pennsy livery from USA Trains. LGB also offered the GG-1 in various paint schemes.
Massoth announced a new version of the DiMAX Multi Receiver as a new item for 2015. The DiMAX Multi Receiver (Art.No. 8130101) enables you to operate up to four DiMAX Navigators with DCC systems which utilize either the XpressNet or LocoNet protocol.
The multi receiver is now available for € 129,00 (MSRP 2015).
Dietz offers a conversion service for the LGB ‘Franzburg’ locomotive, which can be equipped with a digital decoder with sound for € 199.
Also included in the price is the modification of the cab. In the standard analogue model, LGB lowered the roof inside the cab as the analogue electronics were fitted inside it. Dietz hides the electronics elsewhere, therefore the lowered roof is removed.
Customers can send their Franzburg to Dietz for the conversion, or Dietz can provide the Franzburg themselves.
The special black edition of the well-known Massoth ‘Navigator’ hand-held DCC controller is now available. The black Navigator (Art.No. 8134201) comes in a wired version, but can easily be converted into a wireless version using a retrofit transmitter (Art.No. 8133501 (EU) / 8132501 (US)).
MSRP € 209,00.
Link: Massoth Navigator
Massoth published their newsletter for April 2015. Unfortunately only in German language so far, I will update this post if they publish an English version as well.
Link: Massoth Newsletter 04/2015 (DE)
The latest episode of Massoth TV shows the PIKO BR 24 equipped with an eMOTION XLS sound decoder (Art.No. 8210540).