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    Default Very BEST DCC Switcher?

    I am looking for a DCC installed Switcher and was wanting your suggestions for one. The only thing I definitely want is a very good, reliable little engine. I don't know too much about Switchers so aren't to concerned about a particular type, just a damn good reliable one

    If no one makes one with DCC installed, then if you could include a strong, reliable decoder as well please.

    All suggestions will be appreciated.
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    Rapido GMD1...I have six of them and they run great!

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    nicki6,

    Mate, can you tell me where to buy one of these GMD-1's please, I've been searching and all I can find is "pre-order stuff
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    I've had good success with Bachmann NW-2 locos. As much as Bachmann is a mixed bag with a lot of things, the NW2 seems to be pretty good.
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    Russ,

    Thanks mate but to be honest, I haven't had a bachmann that lasted more than a few weeks at best. I appreciate that some people get lucky bachmann stuff but I've donated enough money to them and aren't willing to donate any more. Sorry mate, but I have to be honest here.
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    KATO all the way best

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    I couldn't agree more and, in fact, have found a couple of Kato SW 1500's I think they were, I'll have to double check. I like the look of the Rapido GMD-1 though but can't seem to find anywhere here that sells them, or has them. As I swear by Kato, that is what I will probably end up with at this point.

    Actually, because it wont get a lot of use, I would consider a used one if someone had one they wanted to let go of
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    i love my lil KATO's they run great from barley moving to scootin around the track there not fast . i think there just right, right out of the box. my track connect have to be good for them, there picky about that. hahahaha

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    99% of my engine roster are Kato's and I haven't had an issue with any of them, other than those issues I have caused
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    The Kato NW-2 and Life-Like/Walthers/Atlas SW-1200 are sure contenders.

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    Thanks Paul ... never thought about Life-Like/Walthers, I'll take a look at them as well - cheers.
    Cheers Tony

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    I have Both the Atlas MP15DC and the S2's sound and non sound. They have both performed excellent.
    The MP15DC has been out a few months and may be hard to find but Ebay does list some. The S2 will be re-released in the near future according to Atlas.
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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papahnash View Post
    I have Both the Atlas MP15DC and the S2's sound and non sound. They have both performed excellent.
    The MP15DC has been out a few months and may be hard to find but Ebay does list some. The S2 will be re-released in the near future according to Atlas.
    I have both of these units and will agree with Papa.
    Smooth runners, and easy to convert to DCC if needed.
    Mine are non sound.

    Here's video of my S2 with DCC.
    This was before I messed around the CV's
    The turnouts are mainly Insulfrogs and unpowered.

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    Allen, thanks mate a picture, or in this case video, is worth a thousand words. Oh and it is a nice looking little loco and a great video as well. Makes me wish I had more room for proper yards and industries to play with.
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    Sheesh, forgot about Atlas's S-2! Yes, smooth runner (even better with BEMF disabled, anyone?).

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    They'd be even better if the were available
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    Atlas MP15DC is my vote . They can be found with DCC installed . I have had a couple and they ran great . But remember with all short wheel base switchers , clean well laid track work is their best friend . And if your up to it ....live frogs . Mine ran well on insulated frogs , but as always a live frog is the best .
    I have too much invested in insulfrogs to change now ........ but ya never know

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    They'd be even better if the were available

    You have time to wait for them Tony , you have a layout to rebuild before you need one

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    I think we're forgetting about the Atlas vo-1000, they're ALWAYS silky smooth runners
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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