N PB-1 Dummy/Sound Amtrak Phase I Unit #490
“Only specially modified black trucks available for this model
ALL MODELS COME WITH BLACK TRUCKS!”
Non-motorized “N” PB-1 units with Sound Decoder”
(Work on both “DC” and “DCC” layouts !! )
New Item! Now you can add Authentic Alco PA-1 sounds behind your Con-Cor PA-1
By adding this PB-1 unit right behind it, and running it in tandem
with the Powered unit. While the sounds come out of the “B” unit
a few inches behind the powered “PA-1 unit pulling it, from more
than about 18 inches away the sounds seem to be coming out of the
Since the sounds work in both “DC” and “DCC” you can put it behind
any of our PA-1 engines made over the years !
This unit has no motor in it, just the Sound Decoder and built in
Speaker. Intended to be pulled right behind a motorized locomotive.
– when running on “DC” track, the sounds are pre-programmed so you
can not control them. When you put track power on, you will get the
sound of the engine start up, and as more “DC” voltage is applied
you will get louder engine sounds..
— As you slow down, the engine noise will drop in volume.
— When put in reverse, you will get the engine start up sound
– When running on “DCC” trackage, you have to re-address the PB-1
unit so you have full control over the Sound Package and then can
run in tandem behind the lead locomotive with a different DCC address.
-Over the years many other manufacturers have copied our famous
N PA-1 engine, but our new Sound PB-1 unit can be used with any
other brand of N PA-1, Life-Like/Walthers, Kato, Broadway Limited
We don’t know how many of the “N” PA-1’s we have sold over
the years. Many 10’s of thousands for sure.
The Con-Cor PA-1’s were always noted for their great pulling power
due to the fact we used all the available space for metal die-cast
weights. Even the latest version re-introduced in 2002 only had space for
a “function” decoder because we did not want to cut out the weight to make
room for a larger DCC control board and speaker, which would
have reduced the the number of cars the engine could pull to 1/3 or less.
So here is your chance to add Authentic Alco PA-1 Sounds to run
on your layout in either “DC” or “DCC”..