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    Who makes a good Norfolk Southern ES44AC with high headlight? Bonus if it's in stock.

    Double bonus if it doesn't have a paragon3 decoder.
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    Would an ET44 work? If so... ST has your covered.
    https://www.scaletrains.com/product/...folk-southern/
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    Don't the Fox Valley NS ES44's have the correct high headlight?

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    Ksc: I believe fox valley has the high headlight.


    Karl, I already have the ScaleTrains et44, but thanks for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwizard88 View Post
    Ksc: I believe fox valley has the high headlight.


    Karl, I already have the ScaleTrains et44, but thanks for the suggestion.
    I wish it were easier to find FV ES44ís in stock. I find they run well, and I need to complete the collection of the heritage units

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    That's a No Brainer - Kato and try M.B. Kliens (modeltrainstuff.com)
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    Greenwizard88, you've got a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kscessnadriver View Post
    I wish it were easier to find FV ES44’s in stock. I find they run well, and I need to complete the collection of the heritage units
    Have you checked at Matt’s site, shopfvm.com? He’s got a number listed under the detailed locos area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    Have you checked at Matt’s site, shopfvm.com? He’s got a number listed under the detailed locos area.
    Plus if you follow him on FB you’ll get notified about some great sales!
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    Absolutely.

    I don't do Facebook at all except check his site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    Have you checked at Matt’s site, shopfvm.com? He’s got a number listed under the detailed locos area.
    I have, and I do watch from time to time. As the $$ allows I try to pick up the ones I need. They're great runners for me.

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    Thanks for all of your replies. It looks like the detailed FVM one from shopfvm is the best on the market right now. I did a comparison on the Conrail model, and aside from the rear headlight being vertical instead of horizontal, the FVM one looks better, and is cheaper. Go figure.

    Does anyone have any experience adding sound or separating out the ditch lights on these?

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    Regarding the FVM NS GEVOs:

    1. No rear ditch lights from the factory. Of course, this doesn't preclude adding your own. They are an earlier model than the FVM ACe, which (for NS) does have rear ditch lights.
    2. There is a discussion about weak ditch lights here and over at the Railwire. In any case, one solution is to mount a pair of SMD LEDs positioned for the separate light pipes for cab headlights and ditch lights.
    3. Separating out ditch lights: one solution I've considered would be using a razor saw to split the ditch lights' light pipe (it's a single one with a split to the left/right lights) and using a pair of SMD LEDs. It may be easier to use SMD LEDs down at the ditch lights themselves. I don't know of anyone off the top of my head that has separated them, although I'd imagine that some have.
    4. Sound installs: generous space in the back for a speaker. I've dropped in a 9x14mm in one, using an ESU 73100 board, and NS 8099 is sitting on my desk in pieces awaiting similar treatment. I think there is an install with pictures over at the Railwire with a different ESU decoder.

    Sam

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