NS&T 19: It’s alive!

I have to apologize. This video is awful. I can hear the yells of “Focus! Focus!” already.

But I was juggling the camera and the LokProgrammer computer interface – and production quality suffered. Don’t tell my friends from university: I should be better at this.

With that out of the way…

Here’s a horrid little video to prove it.

While I wait for decals to arrive, I’ve started installing DCC and Sound into my first three NS&T freight motors. I’ll fit each with a LokSound V5, an ESU PowerPak (electronic flywheel), and a decent, high-bass speaker.

Everything fit nicely on top of the frame, the body lowers over it without any issues. The result, as applied to #19, is shown in the above (horrid, little) video.

There’s still a lot of programming to do – from tweaking motor performance, to adjusting sound samples and volumes. (And Matt Herman at ESU North America deserves a huge thank you for his help with this project. He fixed a couple of goofs I made in programming the decoder, which I never would’ve found.)

I must also install a headlight at each end – something that won’t happen until I’ve finished lettering, finishing, and weathering the bodies. But so far, so good!

One down: two to go.

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

7 thoughts on “NS&T 19: It’s alive!

    1. Hah! Thanks.
      One tends to think of electric locomotives as “silent” but there’s actually a lot of sound going on. There’s the horn and bell of course but also traction motor blowers, compressors, flange and brake squeal, and so on. I need to tune the sounds a little more, and adjust the momentum. But I’m getting there!


    1. Yes they are. So far, so good! ESU decoders have a really good set of adjustments for optimizing how the decoder controls the motor(s), and these helped a lot with tuning the Stantons for reliable slow-speed operation. The Power Pack module (ESU’s electronic flywheel) also helps. I’m sure other makers of sound decoders have similar features.


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