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N Scale Supply has recently received this press release from Athearn:


Greetings! April 29, 2009

Athearn to Offer SoundTraxx Tsunami Equipped Locomotives

Athearn Trains is excited to announce that all sound-equipped HO-scale Genesis locomotives, as well as Athearn N Scale and Roundhouse sound locomotives announced after April 27th, 2009 will proudly feature SoundTraxx Tsunami Digital Sound Decoders. Custom designed for Athearn, these state-of-the-art Digital Sound Decoders will include the following features:

  • Tsunami technology that provides smoot and precise locomotive operation.
  • Back-EMF control for consistent operating speeds.
  • Compatible with the NMRA DCC Standards and Recommended Practices.
  • Dual-mode capability to allow for operation on Analog or DCC layouts.
  • 16-bit digital processor provides CD quality sound technology.
  • Diesel decoders will include the following sound effects: prime mover startup/shutdown, bell, air horn (with several user-selectable horn types), air compressor, turbocharger (where applicable), dynamic brakes (where applicable), brake squeal, fans, coupler crash, and many more.
  • Steam decoders will include the following sound effects: exhaust chuff, bell, whistle, air pump, dynamo, injectors, and many more.
  • HO-Scale models will feature effect lighting (as applicable per prototype), including:
    • Mars oscillating signal lights (clear and red, as applicable per prototype)
    • Pyle Gyralights (clear and red, as applicable per prototype)
    • Western-Cullen rotary beacons
    • Prime Stratolite sequential beacons
    • Xenon Strobes
    • Flashing ditch lights
    • and more!
  • Programmable acceleration, deceleration, and starting voltage.
  • Supports 14-bit address modes for addressing any Loco number up to 9,999.
  • Supports programming on the main.

Please visit www.Athearn.com keyword: SoundTraxx, to obtain a list of specific locomotives that will be equipped with SoundTraxx Digital Sound decoders.

The Folks at Athearn