Adding sound to your railroad

“Hi Al.

I bought this sound toy for $1 and free shipping ebay.I recorded sound I changed the activation switch to a super sensitive switch and put it under a track to test.Train went over and blew the horn.Cheap sound toy and can record up to 20 seconds.children in a school, yard traffic you place around your set.” — Kim.

A superb idea – thank you Kim! Now click here to get one for a dollar or two on the ‘ebay cheat sheet’..



27 Responses to Adding sound to your railroad

  1. Hi, looks a great idea, but what actually is ‘it’, can’t really see from the video
    What was the description on eBay, probably not worth importing across the pond but would be worth looking out for if I/we knew what ‘it’ was.
    Mike S

  2. can’t tell what the item is,need a closer look at it.

  3. Hi.About th sound toy or chip.You can get it from ebay for $1 and free shipping.few changes on it and works great.I will send a better picture

  4. A very interesting project .I hope you will produce sound files for Irish 141/181 and 2200 series engines. I am sure the N Gauge club would be interested to follow progress in your project.

  5. Hi, Looks good, What do I search for? What is the name?

  6. Great tip, thanks. But, it does not give exactly what product was purchased or what steps were performed to get the sound to the device. It would be great if you would be willing to take the time to make a step by step video of what exactly the product is and the steps you took to take that product and add sound to it. Thank you again for sharing in the first place. -Chuck

  7. Hi Kim, thanks for replying to my, Ed’s and Pieter’s enquiry and sorry to be a pain but you just repeated what’s on the video. What actually is it, part of a toy, a module you can buy, or something else?
    Mike Street

  8. Love the idea, but like all the other comments, wonder what it is? Thanks for the idea though!

  9. It is in reality a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  10. What is it called how do I go about getting it. I’ve tried searching for it, but am unable to locate. Thanks. Joe F.

  11. The idea sounds great. Could you send any other info, like what it is called on e-bay or what is intended to be used for. Thanks

  12. The clip went so quickly that I couldn’t make out what the ‘THING’ was. Perhaps the sender would be willing to send out a more detailed description of what it is and how he used it. Looks like it could be a really neat addition for those with less capital to fork out.

  13. Like Chuck and everyone else said, “Great tip but what is it, where do I get it, how does it work, how do I hook up,…..”
    I would love to add sound to my old 1958 set.

  14. AL, lots of modelers appear to be interested in this. Please follow up and let us know what it is and how it works.

  15. very cool! it looks like it might work, not sure how to activate the unit clip is not clear enough to see how the sensor is tripped.

    just wondering if any description was given to locate this sound device on the ebay link provided as nothing comes up but categories to search through……i typed in sound toy for $1 and got no hits

  16. This really needs the EBay link as it seems futile to just say “go on EBay” too many wrong hits.

  17. Nice idea, try searching this on Ebay “10secs 10s Talking Sound Voice Recordable Module Chip Messager Recorder Speaker”. The price has gone up a little.

  18. I am interested in anything related to O gauge. Where can I find this?
    Thank you,

  19. Lovely…but what is it called? Or what is it? Please give us some idea what to look for.


  20. Thank you Pete Capitain, Took me right to them.

    “10secs 10s Talking Sound Voice Recordable Module Chip Messager Recorder Speaker”

    Copy and paste.

    Thank you, Steve

  21. I checked this out using the description “10secs 10s Talking Sound Voice Recordable Module Chip Messager Recorder Speaker” shown above. There are several offerings. 10 of them for $35 is pretty good. You have to supply the sounds yourself and the thing records them for playback. The idea of having several around the layout to be activated by a passing train, and supplying ambient sounds is very interesting.

  22. There are some of this type of module on Amazon as well. Put in that same “10secs 10s Talking Sound Voice Recordable Module Chip Messager Recorder Speaker” and you’ll get some results, although Amazon will cross out most of the search criteria.

  23. The item is listed on ebay for $.99
    “PCB Version ISD1820 Voice Board Sound Playback Record Module On-board Microphone” they are great for making sound loops for industrial sites like a coal tipple loading cars, steel scrap dropping into a gondolas. They can be triggered by foil on the under side of a switch throw bar for the siding to short 22g wires connected to the button contacts since they only use 3-5v.

  24. Great idea – just purchased a couple to experiment. Only $2.50 from HK for Aussie buyers and no postage!
    Thanks Kim

  25. Looks good. I’ve added some sound to mine. I had some old speakers, removed from scrap PCs, so placed one beneath a station building and another beneath an overbridge, both wired to an input. I’ve downloaded and mixed together a number of railway sounds; station noise, diesels ticking over, horns etc, recorded them onto an old cassette tape, then connected the output to the speakers. Not exactly sophisticated, but it adds some sound and atmosphere for virtually no cost.

  26. Hi Guys
    I bought some sound modules from ITC products in CA mostly passenger sounds and added these to my lionel coaches, also carried out a few other mods with other sound modules, filled my Lionel Hobo hotel with electronics check out my youtube videos and photos. If I knew how to copy and paste them here I would
    Live long and prosper playing trains

  27. I am using the sound card from recordable greetingcards for sounds on my layout Bought them on ebay. Works great

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