It’s been a long while since my last contact and submission to you. Despite my professional and family responsibilities, I have tried to keep up with your postings. I continue to be impressed with the way the posting submissions have grown in number and diversity.
I am forwarding to you a short video I put together today, entitled, “BERKSHIRES – STEAM BY NIGHT.” It features the recently released version of Bachmann’s N scale 2-8-4 Berkshire steam locomotive equipped with DCC and Sound.
It’s Bachmann’s first sound equipped N scale steam loco. The number of sounds of these locos running on my layout are limited since I have a DC not DCC powered layout. Full access to the spectrum of sounds can only be accessed in DCC mode.
Nonetheless, the automatic sound control when operating in DC mode is respectable. As I have a DCC powered test track, I’ve run these locos in DCC and recorded the accessible and user controlled sounds of the whistle and steam release hiss and added them to the automatic sounds of chuffing and bell at various points in the video.
For the viewers unfamiliar with the real Berkshire, here’s some info: It was first made back in 1924. Two surviving examples are still actively in use today in mainline excursions – the Nickel Plate Road (NKP) #765 and the Pere Marquette #1225. The 1225 is the prototype that was used for the animated hit movie “The Polar Express.” These locos ran in both passenger and freight service. Depending on the railroad each loco was designed for, they ranged in length (loco + tender) from 100′ 8″ to 105′ 2″ with 2754 HP to 2979 HP.
I hope you’ll find the video interesting enough to post.
Well, what can I say – except a huge thanks to Arnie. A stunning video and a wonderful narrative.
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