Might as well post an update to this thread here. I asked around locally to what remains of our original Large Scalers Club here in Durango, everyone recommended Airwire C-60X and when the time came I decided to go that route instead, and I certainly don’t regret it. Two weeks ago I completed the installation and then made its first official run last Sunday. There is a very obvious Railpro bias here on this forum, and while there’s a possibility it could be superior I’m still sold on what I’ve got set up right now. If I ever run into someone running Railpro I’d love to compare and contrast it over Airwire+Tsunami2.
I would not want to trash the TSU-4400 board I bought specifically for this locomotive back last January. I could’ve maybe resold it but I personally liked the freedom it offered regarding customization and prototypically influenced features, from a sound perspective, lighting perspective, and motor control perspective while additionally supporting a business operated locally here in Durango.
There are 90 different whistles recorded from various prototypes around the country you can easily access just by adjusting a CV with little hassle on your own throttle. Under the same circumstances, you also get 12 different bells each with 4-5 different ring rates, 10 different kinds of exhaust chuffs available to select for what kind of locomotive you have to help make it sound more prototypically accurate, 10 different kinds of air pumps, 8 different kinds of dynamos, etc. It offers the ability to have all the lights on your engine on or off depending on if the dynamo is on, all fading in or out as the dynamo starts to wind up or slow down. Using what Soundtraxx calls dynamic digital exhaust, the Tsunami2 can instantly detect strain on the motor in your model and make the engine sound like it’s barking more with the exhaust chuffs, as if it were the prototype climbing up a grade or pulling a long string of cars. It also offers the ability to have prototypical braking, such as using the independent loco brake or you can have the airpumps charge a consist, and customize the braking speeds for each to your liking. The Tsunami2 also has a volume mixer, so you can customize how loud each of the different sounds are, plus there are a lot of other automatic sounds it makes on its own as if there were a fireman using the injectors, shoveling coal (or wood), oiling around when the engine is parked, and much more. And using the Airwire C-60x board allows me to utilize everything the Tsunami2 decoder has to offer as if it were on track power. Quite frankly something I’d say should be classed as the next level in this realm of the hobby. Would love to hear if Railpro can do all the things I just listed above.
My attempt to embed images here results in a green box or broken image icon so here are just some links to videos of my C-19 on its first runs last Sunday on my friend’s railroad after the installation. Was really satisfied with how it turned out and had a ball running it. Again would like to see how Railpro would sound compared to this.