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marjac99
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  07:03:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjac99's Homepage  Send marjac99 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
TRAINWORLD has a sale on with major
discounts for Mantua locos, and I'm interested in the 2-6-6-2T. They offer both versions, DCC-ready and with DCC/sound.
So, does anyone have experience with the version with sound? The locomotive sounds good? Or shall I buy the 'DCC-ready' version and install the decoder myself?
Thanks for your opinion.

Martin

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Geezer
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  07:27:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Save your self some headaches with the bachmann
wiring color scheme and buy the loco with factory
installed sound. I have both the 2-6-6-2T and
the newer 2-4-4-2 w/tender both with factory
sound. Both sound great and run smoothe!!
JMO.....


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Geezer
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  07:30:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The last reference was to the On30 units....
I also have had the Mantua units without
sound. I converted a couple of the HO 2-6-6-2T
loco's and have to say that finding room for
the decoder is an issue.


Bill
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marjac99
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  07:43:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjac99's Homepage  Send marjac99 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Geezer,
in your first post you wrote about Bachmann, I've seen it. I also want to convert the Mantua to 0n30, hence my question. With sound it costs $ 50 more than without. It's worth it if the sound is good.

Thanks
Martin



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visman48
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  08:11:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Martin,
The Manuta DCC ready version is relatively easy to convert, assuming you have the skills to do fine wire soldering, and decifering the wiring that comes with it. Like Geez I have done 3 so far, and have one on the shelf to do. They are pretty good runners, but loose the extra pick up that tender brings to it. Mine are really pretty good. I might be able to find my builds complete with all the parts if you are going ON30 with it.

Les


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JPIII
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  11:04:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought the Mantua 2-6-6-2T DCC ready.
It was a simple plug in of a 9 pin (IIRC) decoder. Just remove the tank (pops off) on the back of the cab & there's your plug. Space is very tight. I could not get the decoder down out of sight.I'm no big fan of sound and in this model I have no idea where one would put speakers.



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Geared Steam
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  12:28:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Geared Steam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Installing sound in this can be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z34g_2QuuY

For the additional $50.00 bucks, I would get the sound version. Thats a pretty good price.



Edited by - Geared Steam on 03/10/2013 12:31:36 PM

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k9wrangler
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  1:04:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some years ago I built the 2-6-6-2 kit and it was a great locomotive. When I converted to DCC I believed all the hyperbole about the evils of changing a dc engine to dcc and sold it. Since I've some experience with dcc I am sorry I sold it. The newer dcc ready and sound units all ready to go should be a great little engine. I've not had one of the new ones so can't say for sure.


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k9wrangler
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  1:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Geared Steam

Installing sound in this can be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z34g_2QuuY


The bell sure works, curious as to why the bell, usually a low secondary sound, seems so predominent in many videos folks run of their sound equiped locos?



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marjac99
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  4:26:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit marjac99's Homepage  Send marjac99 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys,

for your comments.
I've ordered the version with DCC/sound.

Wish you a nice day.

Martin



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Geezer
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  5:45:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sorry for late comments Martin - but yes, I think the extra
money spent for sound is well worth it.


Bill
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marjac99
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  6:06:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit marjac99's Homepage  Send marjac99 an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
Geezer,

no comment can be too late. This Backwoods conversion of the Mantua is on my list since I've read your report here.

Martin



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