Am I correct in this assumption based on what I've gleaned from a spot-check on here? When a parts order comes in they can't send someone out to the factory floor and pick up a new part from a bin full of overrun pieces. The DecoderPro page has more info on what is needed to use it. Because of the tight design, I would recommend using a coupler with a built in centering spring, like Kadee's Whisker couplers. Blame it on China, blame it on Athearn but it ends up being frustrating for the customers. Whistle number 6 seems to sound right for a Big Boy.
There are a number of options to chose from, many depend on personal tastes. Always test the install before reassembling the tender. Select your brand to see a full list of models with SoundTraxx decoders. Readbag users suggest that Genesis. Note the side frame is mechanically and rigidly attached to the gearbox which prevents the contact plate from floating on the axle to make contact. I had a Genesis F-unit take a dive off the layout and actually bent an axle on the rear truck.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Below are the Athearn product lines that are currently or will be shipped with Tsunami2 or Econami Digital Sound Decoders installed. The user should download and read all the Tsunami documentation supplied by SoundTraxx, as there is more info there than in the included instructions. Be careful not to pinch wires during reassembly. The coal pile must be carefully removed, and there are screws hidden under the water hatches. The speaker assembly uses a small plug to connect to the decoder. Screen grab from DecoderPro showing sound variables.
The engine has been tested and is running as it should with great sound! Each model comes equipped with the most. Add Realism to Your Layout The Tsunami2 line is designed to enhance your model railroading experience by giving you a wide variety of innovative features. If you are still having trouble with your Big Boy contact Athearn Trains for further assistance. The Northwest Shortline Wheel 37291-4 has the correct length shaft and replaces the Athearn wheel. So that these things can be maintained over time? Refer to the Tsunami supporting documentation for complete details on the wires and their functions. Tender Disassembly Remove the body from the chassis, referring to the Athearn instruction manual.
There is also a fault light, that should operate with the headlights. Be careful not to pinch wires during reassembly. I would think that removing both couplers would make it easier to remove the shell. I wish there was an easy way to put Athearn Genesis locomtive body's on Atlas trucks and motor assemblies. Stay up-to-date with the best in model railroading.
The cathode can be identified by the shorter lead on the device. Keep Connected with the Latest and Greatest. Solution: Reduce lateral side travel and ensure electrical circuit with contact plate: This was accomplished by increasing the journal wheel shaft length by 0. It is at the end of the board. Too bad about the experiences with external damaged parts.
Sorry to hear your frustrations, but its a complicated hobby requiring lots of patience. Tsunami2 is also packed with a vast library of the most realistic sounds on the market for your models. They don't get much wear and tear in a sealed, lit-up curio cabinet. A long time customer and a professional decoder installer Latham S. I agree with your post about parts availability. This from a retired 1:1 Scale Class One locomotive engineer and manager in the industry. This brand takes model realism to the highest level! Only the front one has to be removed to clear the closed pilot.
They are available from your dealer, from a variety of manufacturers. The file contains 18 page s and is free to view, download or print. I e-mailed them and they sent me a new truck. Thank you Latham for taking the time to document your solution. Sean McCaffery I think the big issue is the manufacturing is off shore in China.
It is on the side of decoder, and can be seen through the heat shrink. I also discovered in the accompanying exploded diagram that the couplers are Bachman E-Z Mate Couplers. The rear coupler is screwed on, so it can be easily removed without taking the shell off. There is a pilot light that will light when the decoder is recieving power. There is a lot of disassembly. Please visit our trouble shooting page for helpful hints.