Nickel Plate Berkshire #2

This is another locomotive that I've not shown running alone in a video before.  In 1999 (hard to believe it's already been 11 years), MTH brought out a Premier model of the Nickel Plate Berkshire (2-8-4) #765, a heavy freight hauling brute of a locomotive that remains in excursion service today.  This model came with the original Protosound system (now called PS1) that gave it some realistic sounds and rudimentary locomotive control, though it was still very much a conventionally operated model.  By the time they reissued the Berkshire as #779, it came with the Protosound 2 (PS2) system which had a very rich set of sounds and full remote control with DCS.  When I could, I upgraded #765 to PS2 and it made quite a difference in the operation — and enjoyment — of the locomotive.  In this True HD 1080p video, you will see #765 hauling a freight train.  If you compare it to the video of the #779, which you'll find a little further down in the blog, you'll see that #765, which I converted to PS2, sounds every bit as good and runs every bit as well as #779, which came with PS2 in the first place.  Hmmm — perhaps I should run them together! 🙂

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2 Responses to Nickel Plate Berkshire #2

  1. Carl Zimmerman says:

    when you upgraded the unit did it already have a fan driven smoke unit or did you have to change it to work with the syncronised chuffing

  2. ToyTrains1 says:

    All of the PS1 locomotives that I’ve upgraded to PS2 have already had fan driven smoke units. You just modify them per the instructions. The upgrades sometimes smoke better than those that came with PS2 to start with! 🙂

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