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RE: What does an engine "need" in it?

I think that manufacturers could do the hobby a big service by offering their engines in a "BASIC" configuration. They could eliminate all the controll boards and only include wires to the power pickups, front and rear lights. No smoke units. No sound units. No controll logic boards. No multifunction plugs. No special road names or colors. These engines could be sold as a kit with a reduced price for the modelers who wish to do their own thing. They could still offer a complete unit for the people who want to pull the engine out of the box, place it on the track and start running. I don't know what the cost difference would be but it could increase their sales and help offset their tooling costs for new equipment.

Big John
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