Latest update: 4 November 2016
A standard smoke generator produces a continuous smoke output, pulsed smoke generators provide smoke synchronized to the rotation of the wheels (which is pretty cool!).
While a standard smoke generator usually is plug and play, the pulsed smoke generators are a bit more complex and are usually (but not exclusively) found in digital / DCC equipped locomotives.
Standard Smoke Generators
Available from LGB, PIKO, Massoth, Seuthe and others.
Pulsed Smoke Generators
offers two versions of their pulsed smoke generator unit, one for analogue and one for DCC operation. The smoke unit can be set to diesel or steam operation by a DIP switch setting, and the steam can be synced with the wheel rotation. Massoth offers a separate cylinder steam module.
- Massoth 8413101 Pulsed Smoke Generator, Analogue – Link
- Massoth 8413501 Pulsed Smoke Generator V 3.0, Digital – Link
- Massoth 8413901 Cylinder Steam Module for Pulsed Smoke Generator – Link
- Massoth 8415001 Pulsed Smoke Generator for Round Boilers – Link
ESU offers two versions of their pulsed smoke generator. One for G scale, and a smaller one for 0 scale. I think the 0 scale version is interesting for G scale as well, as not all locomotives have enough space for the larger G scale smoke generator. You can find the dimensions on the ESU website. Also included is an adapter piece for cylinder steam.
- ESU 54678 Pulsed Smoke Unit, Small, 0 Scale
- ESU 54679 Pulsed Smoke Unit, Large, G Scale
Most USA Trains locomotives boast a fan driven smoke unit, which – as far as I know – is not available for sale separately.
Dietz offers a pulsed smoke generator, with optional cylinder steam module.
- DAMPF-S: Pulsed Smoke Generator Digital SUSI [First Generation 2013]
- DAMPF-Z: Pulsed Smoke Generator Digital SUSI w/ Cylinder Steam Module [First Generation 2013]
- DAMPF-S: Pulsed Smoke Generator Digital SUSI [New Generation 2015]