Do you want to work at TCS? Know someone else who might? We have a new opening for an Engineering Assistant!
This position will work directly alongside our product engineers and provide support on a wide range of projects. The ideal candidate has an electronics background, and experience with model trains or hobby electronics is a plus. Please contact us for more information regarding this position.
TCS Office: (215) 453-9145
Email: tcs @ tcsdcc.com
At this time Rapido Trains has chosen to not use the Rapido-TCS decoder for the upcoming Alco PA/PB locomotive. While both companies still look forward to working together these PA/PB locomotive will not ship with a TCS manufactured decoder.
TCS will be releasing a custom decoder preset to be a perfect fit in the Rapido PA/PB. Pre-Orders will be opening for this decoder soon so check back here for additional details.
More information - including road names, pricing, and pre-order details - can be found on Rapido's website.
TCS recorded Gramling Locomotive Works #85 "Mack," a Vulcan 0-4-0 locomotive, at the Allentown & Auburn Railroad on October 11, 2019. We made many trips up and down the line from Kutztown to Topton, and set up an array of microphones to capture different sounds from #85. Engineer Barney Gramling was on the footplate and happily obliged our many requests in order to get the sound recordings we were after. John is the original restorer of #85 and is currently touring the country with the steam locomotive, which has been recently been spending time on the Allentown & Auburn.
John and Barney Gramling have restored many steam locomotives to working condition from their shop in Ashley, Indiana. Barney is currently touring the country while his father John remains at the shop, continuing restoration work on their next project. Barney is a modeler in his free time, and he's been crafting replica naval ships while he's been on the road.
We made many successful runs up and down the mainline, and finished the day with a "whistle blow." We recorded 5 or 6 whistles new to the WOWSound line that will be available in future releases. During the recording, we spotted several railfans documenting the locomotive and had curious locals from a trackside farm show up to watch our whistle blow.
Many thanks to Dave Strauss, Val Pistilli, and Jordan McBride for assisting with TCS' recording. Special thanks to Barney Gramling, the crew of #85, and the Allentown & Auburn for making this trip a success.
Learn more about the Allentown & Auburn Railway here: http://allentownandauburnrr.com/
Check out a preview for John and Barney's show "Have Steam Engine, Will Travel," a reality TV series available on Amazon Prime and iTunes:
Last weekend, TCS attended the NMRA Mid-Eastern Region Convention in October 2019. We ran a booth in the vendor room to talk about WOWSound and our Universal WiFi Throttle, and also hosted several clinics.
Check out our quick show recap below:
Special thanks to Mike Dettinger, Rob Hinkle, and John Seibert for their help in getting TCS to the show, and to the MER for being gracious and fun hosts! Find out more about the NMRA Mid-Eastern Region: https://www.nmra.org/regions/mid-eastern-region
Available for the first time with pre-installed DCC for ready-to-roll enjoyment on a Digital Layout! Kato USA will be offering its 2015, 2016 and 2017 Operation North Pole Christmas Trains now with factory-installed DCC in both the locomotive and the tail end Cab-Coach!
This is the first time that Kato USA has offered these sets with DCC installed from the manufacturer, and they're a great way to "get in the spirit of the holidays" either for yourself or as a gift for any modeler who uses DCC on their home or club layout!
As always with these Operation North Pole sets, a portion of the sale of each set is donated to Operation North Pole to help fund their yearly Christmas Train and charity event. You can read more about Operation North Pole and the work they do on their website here: www.operationnorthpole.org
Learn more about the Kato x Operation North Pole Christmas Train on the Kato USA website.