Looking to buy this loco

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by CAS, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. CAS

    CAS Member

    Here is a loco, that im thinking about buying. https://secure.atlasrr.com/mod1/itemdesc.asp?CartId={5C03638D-1BFE-4703-9AC9-8CFB1E73D9EVEREST92}&ic=8960&eq=&Tp=.

    I then went to, http://www.digitrax.com/decsel.php#HO, and scrolled down to HO.

    I have seen this one. http://www.digitrax.com/prd_mobdec_dh163a0.php. Will this decoder work with this loco.

    Not to sure on which decoder to buy for what loco. Just want to make sure im choosing the right decoder.

    Sorry, i put this post in the wrong section.

  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Good lord man, I hope you aren't going to order from them directly.

    You can get that same exact engine for much cheaper from MB Klein, here: http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ATL%2D8960

    You just missed their sale a few weeks ago... They had that Atlas HO GP38, decorated in Bunsuf colors, with DCC on-board (but no sound), for $65.

    Price aside, Atlas engines are SWEET runners.
  3. NYNH&H

    NYNH&H Member

    See if you can get one that already has DCC, so you don't need to get a decoder for it. If you do need a decoder, it should be DCC ready, so you can drop in an NMRA 8 pin plug equipped decoder.
  4. CAS

    CAS Member

    Hey LongIslandTom,

    I just went to this site, http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Produ...ode=ATL%2D8960,
    But there is no description of the loco. I can't tell if it's DCC equiped, or DDC ready.
    How would be the best way to tell if it's DDC ready, or equiped?

    I just got my Zephyr starter set in yesterday. I've been doing alot of reading on DCC. I'm just want to make sure, im buying the right equipment. I would be very happy, if i could buy all my C&NW loco's DCC equiped.:)

    Thanks for the info.
  5. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    The product number for that Atlas undec engine I pointed to at MB Klein is #8960. It's DCC-equipped.

    Look up #8960 here at Atlas: http://www.atlasrr.com/HOLoco/hogp38403.htm

    It is equipped with a 4-function DCC decoder. (No sound though).

    Hope this helps.

    Funny you mention CNW... I got an Athearn GP50 I'm painting up right now in CNW's Zito Yellow scheme. :D
  6. CAS

    CAS Member


    Yep, that helps.

    I chose C&NW, because im from the midwest, and had seen alot of them growing up.

    Really appreciate the help. :wave:


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