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    Default Comparison of sound-equipped locos?

    I'm
    still looking forward to getting my first sound-equipped loco, but I'm afraid that the A
    tlas GP38 gold that I pre-ordered almost a year ago is a victim of the factory changes in China. Time to give up on it and move on.

    I see on eBay 3 Chessie locos and per @Spookshow's reviews of all of them look like they operate well. I value smooth running and pulling power over level of detail, but have no way to judge which one sounds better. Can anyone who has direct experience with more than one of them give an opinion on which is better?
    • Broadway Limited EMD SD 40-2 with Paragon3 rolling thunder (but I don't intend to get a rolling thunder box)
    • Intermountain EMD SD 40-2 with ESU LokSound
    • Atlas gold EMD SD35 with ESU LokSound

    From Spookshow's descriptions I'm leaning toward the Atlas.

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    I've got an sd35 with sound and I'm not super impressed with it for the price I paid. It's good but at almost double the price I didn't feel like I got a good bang for my buck
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    I am a steam kinda modeler but maybe this will help. The decoder and speaker set-up is what makes the loco sound good. I do own a Broadway Limited with Paragon 3 but it is HO scale and sounds great, as well as an Athearn Genesis SD70 but I installed the decoder. All of my N scale locos have loksound decoders in them. I like the decoders but still have to play around with different speaker combinations to get the sound I want. I like to tinker so I enjoy it. If you looking to buy and roll, then I'm sorry, I don't have much help for you as I have installed my own stuff in N scale locos. The nice thing with the ESU loksound decoders, you can load different sound files and have much more control over the decoder than the BLI. I hope this helps.

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    FWIW, I’ve been very happy with my BLI SD 40-2. It has better sound and better performance than the BLI GEVO I have. Smooth performance and pretty d3cent pulling power. However, I don’t have an6 Intermountain or Atlas to compare it with.

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    I have the Intermountain and Atlas ones. I love them both. Both are smooth and use the same sound decoder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatrhumpy View Post
    I have the Intermountain and Atlas ones. I love them both. Both are smooth and use the same sound decoder.
    Any idea which one can pull more cars?

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    It depends on wheel characteristics and how heavy they are. I believe the SD40-2 takes the win on this due to the fact that it's heavier and has 12 wheels to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatrhumpy View Post
    It depends on wheel characteristics and how heavy they are. I believe the SD40-2 takes the win on this due to the fact that it's heavier and has 12 wheels to turn.
    Yup, in theory the SD 40-2 should be heavier because its slightly bigger, but some mfgs and models have more air in their frames than others. When I converted to DCC I got my locos' frames milled and the change in pulling power was very apparent. With sound there will be even less weight.

    AFAIK both the SD40 and SD35 have 12 powered wheels.

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