Category Archives: Electronics

Dietz Sounds For PIKO V 20

With the delivery of the V 20 diesel locomotive from PIKO in July, Dietz now offers a matching sound project for their ‘micro’, ‘X-clusive’ and ‘Profi’ sound decoders. Link: Dietz

Talking about the V 20… I will receive one from PIKO soon, so you can expect a review of the model here on G Scale News.

Massoth Updates

Massoth released a new version of their ‘Service tool’ for updating Massoth bus and track components. Version 1.3.2 can be download from their website. Massoth also released firmware version V3.2 for their DiMAX USB PC Module.

Shipping again are the L and XL driving decoders.

Link: Massoth

ZIMO MX699 Now In Production

According to the ZIMO homepage, the Swiss company has started production of their new large scale ‘MX699′ decoder. The MX699 has some new extra features compared to its predecessor, the MX695 decoder series.

The MX699 includes three ‘super caps’ on board, which should ensure excellent running characteristics on dirty track. Two fan outputs (MX695 has one) allow independent operation of two synchronized smoke generators. ZIMO presents the full list of improvements on their homepage.

ZIMO MX699 Decoder

Link: ZIMO

New ESU LokSound for ‘GG-1′ Locomotives

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.

USA Trains R20031 GG-1

Link: ESU