I picked up this beast of locomotive yesterday and have been running it on my bachmann EZtrack/EZcommand test setup while my full layout is undergoing planning/construction. All I can say is wow...what a loco, it's so finley detailed, and operates amazingly well at all speeds, very smooth, and just breathtaking in it's operation. On 11 radius curves it still looks pretty awesome and not very toylike (not as much overhang as I thought there would be) I was grinning like I was when I got my first train set almost 20 years ago! I love this thing Or at least I would love this thing if I could hear it! After programing the loco and setting the sound volume to its max setting I could still barely hear the loco's FX over it's own motor. When running on the 11" outer track and my Bachmann on the 9 3/4" inner track on my loop you can't even hear the thing. I'm very disapointed. When I can hear it (and I gotta be within a foot of the thing to actually hear it!) it sounds amazing, and I'm very impressed with the tone those little speakers make... but what good is it if I can't hear the thing chuffing and whistling? anyone else with this loco have the same issue? or is mine abnormally quiet? Litteraly, I fear a pindrop would probably drown out it's sound. I just got my ears flushed out, and a hearing test done last week and I got perfect hearing according to the doc.... so years of playing guitar haven't hurt me yet!