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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

Digital ‘Franzburg’ from Dietz

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.

Dietz Franzburg Service

Link: Dietz