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Thread: Two new DCC-Sound locos have shipped - Bachmann Dash 8-40CW and Atlas SD35

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    Default Two new DCC-Sound locos have shipped - Bachmann Dash 8-40CW and Atlas SD35

    And Mr Wallet says "ouch"

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    Yup. I've got two sound-equipped SD35s coming.

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    So, this is interesting - the internals of the SD35 have been completely redesigned. For starters, it's screwless. And even more surprising, the old chassis contact strips are gone (replaced instead by wires running from the axle wipers to the chassis).

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    @Spookshow Waiting for your write-up on the SD-35s. Tired of being first in line, beta tester, debugger and micro-machinist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbnc View Post
    @Spookshow Waiting for your write-up on the SD-35s. Tired of being first in line, beta tester, debugger and micro-machinist.
    I've only had a chance to do a brief runaround, but so far I've haven't had any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbnc View Post
    @Spookshow Waiting for your write-up on the SD-35s. Tired of being first in line, beta tester, debugger and micro-machinist.
    Here you go, buy in confidence

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/sd35ln.html

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    I can see why the contact strips were removed. With the speaker in the fuel tank, there isn’t room to cut a slot in the side of the chassis.
    @Spookshow, Is that decoder the same one Intermountain put in thier SD40-2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbender View Post
    Is that decoder the same one Intermountain put in thier SD40-2?
    They sure look the same -





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    If I didn't already have a sound-equipped SD-35, I would have bought one a while ago.

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    I like the wired trucks with pins idea...I think it _should_ work better than wipers over time. Do they seem robust, in that they won't fall apart from a few insertions and removals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    Do they seem robust, in that they won't fall apart from a few insertions and removals?
    One of them (the one on the left in the above picture) is different from the other three - having some sort of additional metal part soldered between the wire and the cylinder. No idea if that was some sort of kludge at the factory on just my loco or if they all have one that's different. In any case, that different one is pretty loose and pops out with little or no effort. But with the shell on, I don't see it going anywhere. The other three are really tight (I couldn't pull them out using a moderate amount of force and didn't want to risk damaging them by really forcing the issue).

    As for how robust they might be? Well, they're tiny little metal tubes with open seams (lengthwise), so I suppose it's possible to squash them.

    Here's what it looks like when pulled out -



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    Still working on my review, but the Bachmann Dash 8 seems very nice as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Still working on my review, but the Bachmann Dash 8 seems very nice as well.
    Yep, definitely a winner - http://www.spookshow.net/loco/bachdash8.html

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    I wish the Dash-8 had ditch lights...
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    And they announced a new run of the Lt. Mtn. with sound today also .

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