BRAND-NEW LGB # 23131 Grizzly Flats "Chloe" Steam Locomotive with installation of a brand-new Soundtraxx Tsunami2 TSU-4400 Steam Power/Sound Decoder programmed with Round Top Single-Chime "Peanut" locomotive whistle. Amazing sounds from this little engine that is modeled after the Baldwin locomotive owned by Ward Kimball, Walt Disney's chief annimator, and operated on his Grizzly Flats backyard railroad in San Gabriel, CA. Historical Background: Chloe was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1893 for a Hawaiian Sugar Plantation.........Ward Kimball and his friend, Gerald Best, bought two of these plantation locomotives in 1948 and then had them restored at the Grizzly Flats Railroad. Gerald Best's locomotive was named the Olomana; Chloe was named after Kimball's daughter. Walt Disney visited and operated both the Chloe and Olamana engines and his visits there inspired him to build the live steam railroad at Disneyland. In 2002 Ward Kimball died but his family continued to operate Chloe until 2007 when they then donated it to the Orange Emprie Railroad Museum, Perris, CA.........the museum is currently raising money to restore Chloe and operate it on their excursion line. You can find more historical information about the Chloe and Olomana Baldwin locomotives at the following Websites:
Besides the cost of the LGB locomotive, LGB-LocomotivesPro (Old Dominion Railways) has installed $200 worth of electronics. This includes the Soundtraxx Tsunami2 decoder ($155), a Soundtraxx CurrentKeeper ($25) that powers the locomotive over dirty track sections or track switch "frogs", and a Soundtraxx #810130 2 Watt 27mm Mega Bass Speaker ($15) for excellent sound quality installed inside engineer's cab left side. An "on/off" mini-switch is also installed in the rear underside of the locomotive so you can operate it with the sound on or off. All of the electronics (except speaker) have been installed in the locomotive's rear wood storage bin.......see photo. I've also added additional lead weights to the front of the locomotive to provide better operating stability and track electrical connectivity. Comes with the LGB storage box, LGB Owner's Instructions, and Soundtraxx Instruction Card. The headlight is programmed in the decoder to stay "on" in forward and reverse directions.
When you purchase this locomotive, please let me know whether you plan to operate it only in DC/Analog power, or only in DCC/Digital power, so I can program the Soundtraxx decoder properly before shipping it to you.
DC/Analog Power Operations: The locomotive's steam sounds, dynamo, air pump, and chuff sounds are heard when standing and the moving forward and reverse. I have also programmed the decoder with some automatic sounds: The bell rings 14 times when the locomotive moves forward or reverse, and the "Peanut" locomotive whistle blasts two times when moving forward, and the toot whistle will sound three times when the locomotive moves in reverse. The headlight operates "on" in both forward and reverse directions. Sound volume can be adjusted, and other automatic sounds can be added or changed by someone capable of programming the decoder's CVs per the Soundtraxx manuals using a DCC/Digital power system. Even if you only use DC power to operate this loco, you can get someone with a DCC/Digital system to reprogram the CVs for the decoder's sound variations for you, e.g., there are 65 different whistle sounds built into the decoder, or the chuff rate (2, 3, 4, etc chuffs per wheel revolution), etc. Or you can turn on/off some sounds, e.g., coal shoveling. Additionally, the DC/Analog and DCC/Digital capabilities of this loco increase the value if you later resell the loco.
DCC/Digital Power Operations: All the decoder's sound features can be changed using a DCC/Digital power system. I have programmed the decoder with some automatic sounds: The bell rings 14 times when the locomotive moves forward or reverse, and the "Peanut" locomotive whistle blasts two times in forward direction, and the short toot whistles will sound three times when the locomotive moves reverse. Also, the brake sounds are programmed, and the cylinder cocks (piston steam release) will also sound for 10 seconds in either direction. When the engine comes to a stop, one toot whistle will also sound, in either direction. You can stop or add other automatic sounds built into this decoder. Of course, you can manually control all the sounds with your handheld DCC controller. The standard default controls are: F0 = Headlight and Cab Light and dynamo start; F1 = Bell; F2 = Full Whistle Blast; F3 = Short Whistle; F4 = Steam Release; F7 = Lights dimmer; F8 = All Sounds Off; F9 = Full Whistle Grade Crossing Signal Blast; F10 = Blowdown; F11 = Train Brake; F13 = Couple/Uncouple; F14 = Switching Mode; F15 = Wheel Chains; F16 = Water Stop........there are 27 function assignments built into this decoder. The manuals explaining how to change the CV values for the decoder's sounds are available at the Soundtraxx Website: Tsunami2 TSU-4400 for Steam #883005 "Steam User's Guide" and "Steam Technical Reference." All manuals for programming the decoder's CVs are available on the Soundtraxx Website: http://www.soundtraxx.com/manuals.php
SELLER'S 12 MONTH WARRANTY - NEW LOCOMOTIVE: If the locomotive's Soundtraxx installed power/sound decoder system should need repair during the 12 month period after the purchase date, the seller will attempt to repair it at no LABOR cost to the buyer.......the buyer pays for repair parts and/or replacement decoder if required. If the seller determines that the Soundtraxx decoder is defective and if Soundtraxx will repair or replace it under their manufacturer warranty at no cost, then the buyer will not be charged for the cost of the replacement decoder. I will also repair/replace the LGB motor at no cost to the seller if it should fail during the 12 month period if the standard LGB/Marklin warranty conditions and limitations on use are met. The Buyer pays for both the locomotive shipping costs to the seller for the repair service and to return it back to the buyer.
Shipping within USA by FedEx Ground with Full Value Insurance with Signature Receipt Required to protect the shipment from loss or damage, except Alaska and Hawaii USPS Parcel Select Insured is cheaper. International buyers will pay for USPS Priority Mail International shipping rates.