We have one, that was sold locally.Pretty much exactly four years after it was first announced, the FEF-3 steam loco is now available.
Does anyone have one already or have one coming?
I would love to add a picture of the real thing, not just a USAT drawing, to the gbdb database
It says "DCC ready", but what does that actually mean?I believe this and many common questions are answered on the main page from the manufacturer:
Yes, it has Phoenix sound with battery.DCC ready has never always meant a standardized socket in large scale... it normally means there are connections to the motor, track pickups and lights and it also means that the track pickups are not permanently connected to the motor, one of the biggest issues in older locos.
Hard to tell from Mike's pictures, the board on the smoke unit may be just for pulsing the fan motor and controlling the heater, it does not look like a sound board, but it could be.
The board with the 3 toggles and 2 slide switches looks like a main board, but I don't see screw terminals or sockets to interface a decoder...
By the digitrax DG583 is a 5 amp decoder.... it has a "peak" rating of 10 amps, and it has a less than stellar reputation... for such an expensive loco, I cannot understand the logic of not using a top of the line decoder with better current handling, better BEMF, more functions, better support and better sound, but perhaps he is thinking this because it already has sound....
We will have to investigate the electronics... is the sound board a Phoenix, can give more shots of the electronics?