FOR THE BOWSER R-T-R PCC CARS!
Custom Traxx originally collaborated with Train Control Systems (TCS) for a decoder designed for the Bowser R-T-R streetcar. This modified four function decoder, the M4T, featured realistic brake light operation when the car is slowing down or stopped. Function 3 will activate the brake lights effect. Depending on appropriate CVs entered, rear tail lights can be activated for San Francisco's F-line PCCs or deactivated for traditional PCC cars or the Bachmann Baltimore Peter Witt Car. Pressing the Function 6 button will initiate a complete controlled stop of the car and the brake lights will stay illuminated as long as the car is stopped. Pressing the Function 6 button a second time returns the car to the original speed. This is a plug-in decoder. The M4T (SKU 1340) has been upgraded and replaced with a new decoder, the M4P-1" (SKU 1391). Our stocks of the M4T (SKU 1340) have been exhausted, and the M4P-1" (SKU 1391) are avalable for purchase. Decoders with the new TCS "Keep Alive™" capability, KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462), which allows continued operation during brief power losses are now also available for the Bowser PCC. This decoder is also supplied with a 1" inch harness and an NMRA 8-pin plug. Smoother and slower operation from overhead wire has been demonstrated in our exhaustive tests. The KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) is now in stock and available at $49.95 each. The KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) is a very tight fit inot the Bowser PC cars but with care it can be snugly fit diagonally behind the motor. A slightly smaller version of the Keep Alive™ is also available, the KAM4P-SH (SKU 1486). This decoder is about 20% smaller and is slighly easier to install but it has the same capabilities andalso available at $49.95 each. We found both of the TCS Keep Alive™ decoders to be fantastic.
Bowser Toronto PCC cars (12603, 12604) with the Advance Light, the KAT14P-1 (SKU 1462) and KAM4P-SH (SKU 1486) are also suitable. The modeler must solder must solder the purple wire to the appropriate tab F4 on the circuit board to operate the Advance light (Function 4).
Note: For Bowser Philadelphia (PTC/SEPTA) PCC cars (12601, 12602) with both a Subway Light and the Emergency Beacon, TCS initially offered a special edition of the T6X decoder, designated the T6XT (SKU 1026). This was a plug-in decoder that has all the functions of the M4T plus the ability to operate both the Subway Light (Function 4) and the Emergency Beacon (Function 5). The modeler must solder the purple wire to the appropriate tab F4 on the circuit board to operate the Subway light (Function 4) and must solder the brown wire to the appropriate tab F5 on the circuit board to operate the Emergency Beacon (Function 5 ). The T6XT (SKU1026) decoder is $32.95 each and we still have a few in stock. The T6XT (SKU 1026) has also been replaced by the M6P-1" (SKU XXXX). The KAT16P-1 (SKU 1463) is supplied with a 1" inch harness and has the TCS "Keep Alive™" capability which allows continued operation during brief power losses. This has great application in Bowser 126XX Philadelphia PCC cars powered by overhead wire. When our stocks of the T6XT (SKU 1026) are almost exhausted and we have received our initial stocks of the new KAT16P-1 (SKU 1463). They are also available at $49.95 each. Again, you will find the improved overhead wire operation well worth the increase in cost.