Switcher blues

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by spitfire, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Well, I've been waiting many months for the release of Broadway Limited's NW2 switcher. It was slated, according to their website, for release in "early 2004". Now I find at the Walthers site that it is expected in May. :cry: :cry:

    I wonder why they keep pushing back the release date?

    Does anyone know if any other manufacturers are planning to release an early diesel switcher with sound?

    This waiting is killing me!!!!!!!!!!

    Val
  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    A further update. Just checked the BLI website and they have pushed the release back again to July 2004! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

    I'm bummed out.

    Val
  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

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    Now , now, Val (pat, pat, on back) concetrate on doing something else.

    (My spell checker doesn't work, me):oops:
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    With sound, huh? Cool! I'm sure it will be worth the wait!
    Ralph
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Please stop Boo-Hooing:) I am sitting here making switcher sounds for you.....listen carefully and you can hear them all the way to Canada!!!:D :D :D

    Don't feel like "The Lone Ranger"...I'm still waiting for the hon3 version of the RGS Goose from Con-Cor....it was supposed to be out in Jan 2003. The HO version just came out.
  6. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Vic,
    Go to www.destinationtrains.com there's one on the shelf. Steve could ship it out to you. There were two, I sold one this morning.
    Pete
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Val,
    Overland announced they were releasing a B&O eL3a 2-8-8-0. six years later I found one of the sunset models versions, two years after that, overland finally did release their model. It could be worse.
    Pete
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Thanks for all the moral support folks. Maybe someone else will come out with something in the mean time.

    Hey Vic! What's that weird sound I keep hearing? Sounds like a bull moose in a trap!

    :D :D :D :D

    Val
  9. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Its pollen season here:( :mad: :curse: :cry: and what you hear is thousands of suffers like me sneezing and "honking" trying to get a breath of air!!!:eek: :D :D :D Sorry:oops: Switcher sounds will have to wait!!!:eek: :D :D :D
  10. brakie

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    Val,I am rather good at imitating diesel sounds especially EMD .
    Perhaps I can tech you how and you can use that for sound until those long awaited switchers comes out? Like you I am waiting,and waiting and waiting on those SW7s.:D
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Val, the usual reason for delays like that is "snow in the points at Crewe". ;)
    Remember how long the GO cars took to come out? Maybe not; they were scheduled long before you were on the Gauge, and were held up for trademark or copywrite reasons.
    Scheduling problems have been with us as long as I can remember. There used to be talk that manufacturers would announce products just to keep the competition away from them, or to see if anyone would want to buy them.
  12. mhdishere

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    Val,
    I'll help you out here if you'd like, I'll research how to kitbash a NW2, get all the required parts, sound decoder, etc and start building. Before I get halfway thru the project Broadway Limited will release theirs! It works EVERY time!

    Just like my Dad used to make a bus come by lighting a cigarette.

    For the record, I don't model diesels, so the learning curve will be steep, and I expect you to buy my effort from me when I'm done..... :D :D :D
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    A reference

    Feb 2003 MR has an article about squeezing sound into a diesel switcher. I have a copy of the issue if you don't...

    Andrew
  14. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Wow, you guys really go beyond the call of duty!!! Vic is sneezing and wheezing like an engine in need of repair, Brakie's making more funny noises and mhdishere's scratchbuilding "something" that may or may not ever be done -- what more could anyone want.

    In your face BLI!!! We don't need you anymore!!! :D :D :D :D

    Andrew, thanks for the offer but I don't have the nerve to take an engine apart, much less wire up some speakers!!!

    The cool thing about factory-installed sound is price and convenience. I priced out a P2K SW1200 switcher, plus decoder, plus speakers and the BLI switcher with sound is actually cheaper.

    Ok, I guess it's back to biting my fingernails.

    Val
  15. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Val, You already looked at getting another switcher and installing sound, which was going to be my suggestion. Thought I'd mention this anyway. I bought a Stewart VO1000 from Tony's and had him install the Soundtrax decoder and speaker. It runs and sounds awesome! Paid about $250 as I recall.
  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    So now you have decided you do not need it, they will make it...

    Oops... now it won't come out for six years... :D :D :D

    Andrew
  17. Flangehead

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    Maybe they'll make a turbine with sound. (S-2 or Jawnhenry or UP versions)
    Now that would be cool.
  18. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    The Final Solution

    'Memeber when you was a kid and would put playing cards in the spokes of your bicycle with clothespins?:D :D :D Bingo!!!...Your bike became a motorcyle !!!:D :D :D :D

    Maybe something in the guts of a plain old switcher to "whack" against the universals would be a reasonable substitute for a prime mover:D :D :D 'Course in my time I've had some noisy old "growlers" that didn't need nothing!!!:D :D :D :D