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Have you heard the news? Bachmann Trains and Train Control Systems are teaming up to deliver the Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotive - with precision detailing, unrivaled motor control, and incredibly detailed WOWSound on board.
We recently returned from a trip from the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Colorado where we worked directly with Siemens engineers to record some SC-44 units in residence there. We had an awesome time and got a lot of great Charger material - check out our trip recap if you're into cool behind-the-scenes train content!
Several railroads are using the SC-44 in revenue service, and many more are expected to purchase these units to replace older, less efficient locomotives in the coming years. The SC-44 has a full career ahead of it, and you can be one of the first to put them to work on your railroad as well!
Stay tuned for more information from TCS and Bachmann as a 2020 release date is set.
These Kato USA N-scale Locomotives are being made available with TCS DCC direct from the factory!
These locomotives will be ready to ship in mid-September - Kato USA is now taking orders through August 30th for the first delivery.
For pricing information and item numbers, be sure to visit www.katousa.com.
To learn more about our N Scale Decoders, click here: http://tcsdcc.com/decoders/n-scale
August really snuck up on us! After returning from Colorado, it's been an absolute beehive of activity at TCS. We've been doing a lot of testing with the throttles and software improvements to enhance the overall user experience. One of the most important things to happen this week was the much-awaited arrival of the keypads for the Universal WiFi Throttle! We've spent months designing these: drawing up plans, choosing materials and colors, deciding on tactile sensitivity, and finishing the artwork for the keys.
Having them arrive in our shop - and looking fantastic - was a big step toward our first production push! Check out a short celebratory video below!
Our brilliant tech gurus are continuing to plug away at our new software application. Updating the Universal WiFi Throttle is even easier than we set out to make it. We've already pushed patches and fixes to beta testers, enabling them to address problems and fix bugs without physically sending their throttle to us. Please note: Secrets are being blurred out in this image, so don't run out and get an eye exam just yet!
Got Questions? Be sure to visit tcsdcc.com/throttle-faq for more information.
Give it a browse and get familiar with some of the finer technical points of the UWT-100.
TCS and Bachmann Trains recently took a trip to the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado, where we worked directly with Siemens Mobility to record the Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotive for the upcoming Bachmann Trains release.
Imagine an "Area 51" for locomotives - a secured Federal facility that is off-limits to the general public, and full of trains. That's TTCI. It's essentially a high-tech research and testing facility in the middle of the Colorado plains that serves customers like GE, Siemens, TTX, and more. The 50 miles of track that surround the facility enables TTCI to conduct experiments and safety tests in an isolated area full of cutting-edge tech.
After touching down in Denver, CO, we made our way to Pueblo to prepare for our recording tip. We arrived at TTCI at the break of dawn to begin recording. Both days were bright and sunny, with temperatures that ranged from 95-103℉ in the sun. The first day of recording was also punctuated with a massive thunderstorm that rolled on in and dumped rain for about 30 minutes. The second day was hotter and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Despite the weather conditions, the recording sessions went very well. With the help of our Siemens Engineer and TTCI Hosts, TCS was able to secure an abundance of interesting audio material.
We are incredibly grateful for the assistance of Siemens and TTCI in securing these high-quality recordings, and for the assistance of Bachmann's own Larry Harrington throughout this process as well.
You can learn more about all of Bachmann's upcoming TCS WOWSound-equipped projects here.
Check out the Siemens Charger SC-44 model from Bachmann here.
Take a look at some of our behind-the-scenes photos below:
Check out our upcoming SC-44 Charger project with Bachmann Trains here!
We're very excited to share the great projects coming up from Bachmann in the next year that feature TCS WOWSound. Check out the details below!
Charger SC-44 Diesel-Electric Locomotive (DCC WOWSound Equipped) - Shipping 2020
Bachmann's all-new DCC-sound equipped SC-44 Charger uses Siemens Mobility's original design documentation and sound files. This model includes a TCS WOWSound® CD-Quality 16-bit 44,100Hz decoder with Audio Assist® for easy configuration without programming CVs and a Keep Alive® device for uninterrupted operation, even over dirty track. The WOWSound® diesel-electric locomotive sound package includes horn, bell, prime mover, start-up/shutdown, compressor, cooling fan, coupler close/release, breake release and application, crew alert, grade crossing quill, departing and arriving station announcements, and more. Loaded with prototypical features, the Charger brings all the sights and sounds of Siemens' diesel-electric locomotive to your layout.
2-10-0 Russian Decapod (DCC WOWSound Equipped) featuring NEW! Chuffinity™️ Technology - Shipping November 2019
With the advent of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the Baldwin Locomotive Works was forced to stop shipment of over 100 Decapod 2-10-2 engines originally bound for Czarist Russia. These "orphan" locomotives later found homes with American railroad companies and helped relieve a scarcity of motive power after WWI.
They are now part of a new revolution in model train sound realism, equipped with a TCS WOWSound® CD-Quality 16-bit 44,100Hz decoder with Audio Assist®. This decoder allows easy configuration without programming CVs as well as a Keep Alive® device for uninterrupted operation even over dirty track. It also features Chuffinity™️ technology for amazingly diverse and realistic chuffs and a WOWSound® steam locomotive sound package that includes bell, whistle, blow down, cylinder cocks, coupler close/release, brake release and application, grade crossing quill, depot sounds, and more.
2-6-2T Baldwin Class 10 Trench Steam Engine (DCC WOWSound Equipped) featuring NEW! Chuffinity™️ Technology - Shipping September 2019
Quickly-created narrow gauge railroads played a crucial role in bringing food, ammunition, and construction material to entrenched troops and carrying away injured soldiers from the Western Front in WWI. The Baldwin Class 10 Trench 2-6-2T was one of the locomotives that saw service with the U.S. Army in France. When the war ended, the victorious U.S. troops turned over all the railways and equipment to the French, who adapted them to agricultural use.
Bachmann's DCC WOWSound®-equipped model is the first-ever to feature Chuffinity™️ technology. Featuring a ten-fold increase in the number of chuff sounds over previous WOWSteam offerings, Chuffinity creates amazingly diverse and realistic sounds. Coupled with intelligent load and grade sensing, chuffs will vary in character, volume, and intensity in prototypical fashion. Chuffinity™️ is just a part of this Trench engine-specific WOWSound® steam locomotive sound package that also features depot background and battleground sounds. Bachmann's new DCC sound-equipped Trench engine will put you in the middle of all the action of the Great War!
You can find the pricing and availability details for the locomotives within Bachmann's announcement flyers here!