I am trying to find an alternative product for the Phoenix PB17. This sound board has been used by Titan Trains, manufacturer of 1/8 scale ride on trains (definitely large scale), for their sound system equipt locomotives for a number of years. Lately they have been unable to purchase these sound boards from Phoenix. They have been experiencing similar lacks of response from Phoenix as Gary has been experiencing. I had a long conversation with Jim Humphrey, the owner of Titan Trains, at the Mill Creek Central Railroad Large Engine meet this past weekend. He is quite concerned about this issue as he only has a small inventory of these PB17 boards remaining and after that will have to resort to another product. I am trying to help him find a replacement. If anyone has any ideas your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
These locomotives use a gasoline engine to power a hydraulic pump that operate a hydraulic motor in each truck. They use a Miratron industrial remote control system to operate all of the functions of the locomotive. This is not a DCC system. A potentiometer on the control with an analog DC output is used to control a bi-directional electric hydraulic actuator. The output from this potentiometer is also used as the inputs to the Phoenix PB17sound board. The Phoenix replacement would also need to be controlled by this analog DC potentiometer. A trigger type setup is not feasible.
Any help in trying to find a Phoenix PB17 alternative would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Mark Betlem