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The Bachmann Streamlined K4 4-6-2 is flying off the shelves! This beautifully detailed model comes WOWSound-equipped and includes Audio Assist® for easy locomotive configuration and a Keep Alive® device for uninterrupted operation over dirty track! See detailed information below. Four road numbers are available, contact your local hobby retailer to place an order today!
Will we see you at the Amherst Railway Society's 2019 Railroad Hobby Show? We hope so!
Some things to look forward to:
Our friends at DCC Xpress Installations will also be attending the show and are offering a show special discount on WOWSound installations if you bring your locomotives along with you. Can't beat that.
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel - One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144
Jan 25 @ 2:30-3:30pm
Join Dan and Stephen for an in-depth demonstration of their soon-to-be-released WiFi Command System that will break down the barriers of non-compatibility that have historically divided the hobby. Watch as they seamlessly switch between DCC systems and communication protocols to control any train on any layout, all with the same throttle. See how today’s technology can be used to enhance your enjoyment of the hobby. You might just say “WOW!”
*Preregistration is required to attend clinics. Visit http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/clinics.php for further information.
Jan 26 @ 9AM-5PM | Jan 27 @ 10AM-5PM
We're excited to be attending the Railroad Hobby Show this year, and we hope to see you there!
You haven’t heard WOWSound until you’ve heard it through our 28mm 4W High Bass WOWSpeaker! This speaker can deliver an unprecedented 4 watts of power, and showcases a mighty bass reflex that packs quite the sonic punch. Your layout will rumble and vibrate underneath your locos in prototypical fashion, and you might find yourself concerned that there's an actual locomotive roaming around somewhere in your house!
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but in this case… well, it does. Measuring in at 13.5mm (0.53") thick (includes rubberized mounting gasket) this speaker is considerably taller than it’s round cousin, and that extra length is where the magic happens. This speaker is still 28mm (1.1") in diameter - exactly like our 28mm round speakers - and will still fit within a 28mm speaker footprint. The larger speaker driver will easily handle any and all roaring, grumbling, wheezing, and horn blasting you can throw at it. The specially-designed aluminum cone allows for a greater bass response that produces deeper and richer sounds, closer to the prototype than ever!
The speaker comes with an adhesive mounting gasket, which allows for unrestricted movement of the cone after installation. The speaker should be installed with the gasket partially (not entirely) compressed. This gasket prevents provides a space in front of the speaker which allows the cone to fully deflect; this prevents distortion or other physical damage to the speaker cone, and ensures longer life within your model compared to similar speakers without a gasket which will make contact with whatever they are mounted against.
Here are some of the specs, for the audiophiles and otherwise sonically-inclined among us:
|Power Rating: 3W (Typical) 4W (Peak)||DC Impedance: 4 Ω ± 15%, at 1,000 Hz., 1.0 V|
|Resonant Frequency: 250 ±20% Hz/1V||Operating Temperature: -20º C to + 60º C|
|Effective Frequency Band: 250 Hz. to 20 kHz.||Sound Pressure Level: 84 ± 3.0 dB (A), at 0.63 V, 0.1 m, Average 500,1,000, 2,000, 4,000 (Hz ), at 25°C|
There's never been a better time to invest in your model railroad sound infrastructure - everyone is getting serious about sound quality across the hobby. With the response we've already received, these speakers very well might become the new standard companion for sound decoders. Partner the highest-quality sound in the industry with speakers that can do it justice! Turn heads and tickle ears at the club this holiday season when you order your High Bass speakers today!
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Great teams do great things. Just look at The A-Team. Justice League. The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. Seal Team Six. Ghostbusters. The 2018 Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. For our computer-savvy folks, perhaps the teams of Babbage & Lovelace, Turing & The Bletchley Park gang, and Romero & Carmack resonate with you as well.
TCS is looking to assemble a team of our own, people with User Interface (UI) / User Experience (UX) design experience to help create a graphical user interface (GUI) programming tool. We're seeking individuals who are willing to work for TCS products (like decoders and our upcoming command station and throttles) or those who would volunteer their time to help us with this project.
We're looking for visual designers with UI/UX experience to help us create intuitive and well-designed tools. Through wireframing, flowcharts, and general design input, they can help our back-end developers solidify the vision for the front-end GUI. The GUI will consist of many tools for updating decoder firmware, configuring CVs, downloading sounds, accessing and writing configuration files, and much more.
We are using the Electron framework for the development of the programming tools. Any experience with templating HTML and CSS would be valuable.
This is your chance to work directly with the team at TCS and leave your personal stamp on one of our products. With your help, we can finalize our innovative vision and continue to improve this hobby as a whole.
If you're interested in joining the team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide contact information, a summary of your experience, and work samples if available.
One of the greatest joys we get to experience here at TCS is heading out on recording trips. Many of us are avid steam enthusiasts, and if we're being honest - we all just really like trains. In order to get all those "WOWSounds" onto our decoders, we've got to track their respective locomotives down first and carefully record every sound they make. There are A TON of different locomotives out there in the world, so this adventure never really stops. We're always on the hunt!
One great example of a highly successful trip was our western expedition to California back in late 2014. Originally, we were working together with Korea Brass to develop a sound profile for the GE U25B locomotive. We learned that the Orange Empire RR Museum in California possessed the only operable U25 anywhere in the country. Naturally, we didn’t waste any time and scheduled a trip out west.
We started this trip at Orange Empire and recorded four diesel locomotives there, including the U25B. It was a bit toasty that day...
"I will never forget recording at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. It was 105 degrees in the shade that day! Naturally, we headed out to the rail yard area anyway. There was no shade in sight. I have never ever sweated so much in all my life - no exaggeration! Two of us drank through an entire case of water bottles in less than five hours." - John Forsythe, TCS Owner
We figured it would be economical to get as many recordings as we could when we headed out to the other side of the country, so we contacted many additional railroads including Knotts Berry Farm, Niles Canyon Railroad, Railtown 1897, and the Western Pacific RR Museum in Portola, CA.
As the trip around California progressed, we obtained other recordings from each of the other railroads. We discovered a ton of rare and interesting motive power and worked with some great folks to get them mic’d up and operating. We even got to ride around on/in these locomotives as we recorded them.
John Forsythe specifically recounts his experience at the Western Pacific RR Museum:
“The museum was quite impressive in its own right. The amount of equipment they have on display there rivals any top-quality museum. Their shop facility is equally impressive. We saw that work on a steam engine restoration that might even be finished by now. At this museum, they offer a diesel operation experience that’s open to anyone. You can actually drive a diesel locomotive around the yard under your own control. You can’t do that anywhere else that I know of - that’s very cool! The volunteers there are as good as they come and are very dedicated to the success of the museum.
We didn’t limit our trip to railroads though. TCS friend Tim Dickinson invited us out to the middle of his residential development. He grabbed a Nathan P3 air horn from his garage, tied into a compressor, set up in the middle of the street and shook the entire neighborhood out of their daily routine. Seriously, this was as wild of an experience as you could imagine. After calming down the alarmed neighbors and explaining to them what we were up to, we got some great air horn recordings!
All in all, we captured a total of 15 locomotives during this trip (12 diesel, 3 steam) and recorded many additional bells and horns along the way. Some of these sounds have made it onto our currently released sound sets, and more will be included on future releases.
The folks at TCS are always busy tracking down new opportunities for recording so that we can deliver 16-bit CD-quality sound for your models - no matter what you’re running. We’re always open to suggestions and we want to hear from you.
How can you help TCS get our next locomotive recorded?
See more pictures from this adventure below:
Many thanks again to our friends at these excellent railways and attractions that volunteered their time and allowed us to record locomotives.