IHC "sound" car

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by vett, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. vett

    vett New Member

    Has anybody had any experiance with this IHC "sound" car
  2. hminky

    hminky Member

    It has a sound unit that makes a chuff sound. The chuff is generated by one of the axles on the truck axle. It was great back in the 1980's to add sound to a steam engine.

  3. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I wouldn't expect too much. It'll be a white-noise generator that "chuffs" with every rotation of the wheel. To anyone who knows anything about steam sound, it will sound/look hokey, because you should have 4 chuffs per revolution of the drivers. This car won't synchronize its chuffs...

    If you can get it cheap, it's a noisemaker you can turn on and off. For steam sound effects, it's a bit disappointing.

    *EDIT* Here's a video of a Bachmann 'J' that the guy added the sound module from the IHC car to. You can judge for yourself what the sound is like.
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I have one and, yes it's hokey, but I think it's a hoot. Nothing shuts those annoying sound chips down quicker than me and my bud running ours together behind...oh, say...my matched Athearn C44-9Ws:p:mrgreen::thumb:

    Here's what you get...



  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Shay - is there a wiper or cam on one of the axles? How does it judge the chuff rate?
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    The axle has a brass contact that runs the length of it and wraps about a third of the axle. There are two wipers that touch the axle that run up into the "load" in the gon. It's actually pretty cool in a simplistic, low tech way. The sound is synced in such a way as to sound pretty convincing if close enough to the loco. It certainly sounds better than that video.
  7. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    It would almost have to. ;) :p sign1
  8. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member


    Here is another video with said steam sound unit. I asked the question in the comments section and the author was kind enough to reply. Please check out his other two vids...nice work.
  9. vett

    vett New Member

    Thanks, that sound is good enough for me.
  10. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    But the real question is...Does it come in Diesel?

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