Would AZL consider replacing their light board with a DC/DCC dual mode decoder? Sure would save us a lot of time and trouble.
Following up: We will not include a "dual mode" decoder in any of our products. Our locomotives are designed to make DCC upgrades as easy as possible. In fact no tools or soldering are required on most of our models.
But the choice of D.C. Or DCC is up to the end customer.
Your dealer may be willing to instal a DCC decoder - that's up to the individual dealer.
in anticipation of the production of lightweight passenger cars, two years ago I bought four MP (Eagle/Blue/White) E-8 locomotives (all four road numbers that were available).....now, AZL has announced smooth side passenger cars....WOW...I am waiting for the cars for my EAGLE train....some thoughts, to have THE EAGLE or COLORADO EAGLE on the letterboard is the question....I would prefer COLORADO EAGLE....maybe a few cars could have THE EAGLE.....also the Budd cars on the MP trains were corrugated (domes, diner, coach)......the COLORADO EAGLE had no observation car (so that in KS it could easily pick up a sleeper from Wichita).....probable the train would look better if AZL produced one ..... I am just excited that AZL is moving ahead......thanks for the continued QUALITY.....and everyone can not be satisfied at once!......thanks
Thanks for your support by purchasing the MP E8 Locomotives! We are hard at work making the lightweight passenger cars now, and hope you will be happy with the results of our efforts.
I don't want to give away too many details quite yet, but we WILL be producing an Observation car for the MoPac. I'm attaching a picture of one of the prototypes we used when we were creating the artwork and lettering.
What design. You already have the part design already, and I don't see them in any special packaging.
Exactly: we are still paying off the original design cost. And as for packaging, it doesn't have to be specific or special to still cost something.
My point is that even a product that cost one cent to be made cannot be sold for two cents and make a profit, or even cover the cost. There is overhead, distribution, fixed costs, all sorts of things that will drive you bankrupt if you don't account and charge for them.
So when somebody says that a product "cost 25 cents to make and they charged me five dollars!" It may sound outrageous, and common sense would make it sound like a rip off, but if you have ever been in business, then you know it is not. It just reflects the actual full costs.
And not all decoders are equal, for example, due to my need for custom speed tables, TCS decoders are not acceptable, but many people like them.
Whatever AZL picked, it would be wrong for someone, and now we are out $40.
p.s. since the retail price of these decoders is under $40, and the existing light board would not be manufactured, the price increase should be under $40, since AZL would also buy these at lower than consumer prices.
The cost of the PCB for the LED lights is not expensive at all. When we sell is as a replacement part the vast majority of the price we charge is to recoup cost for design, administration, shipping and distribution - not the actual hard product itself.
All our lightweights are smooth sides. Here are some of the road names we will produce: -Chesapeake and Ohio -Baltimore and Ohio -New York Central -Illinois Central -Chicago and North Western -Great Northern -Northern Pacific -Southern Pacific -Union Pacific -Missouri Pacific -Canadian Pacific -Pennsylvania -Santa Fe -Atlantic Coast Line -Alaska -Amtrak
Whoops! One road name got left off the list. My mistake. No hidden agenda.
Yes, please let us know if there is a list for preorder.
Locomotives to be made are 600, 604, 607, 610 and 611
604 and 610 are only available with passenger cars (a set of 5 coaches, 1 diner, and 1 round end observation car) 611 is available as a stand alone locomotive, or with a set of passenger cars (unique road numbers on the passenger cars packaged with the 611) All passenger cars are painted in the Powhatan Arrow livery.
Send Rob Kluz an email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the list. We will have more updates on the proper reservation process later, but an email will keep your place in line for now.