HO Trains DCC BL2 Diesel Engine
Proto 2000 Like-Like Rock Island Locomotive
Highly detailed, smooth running Life-Like Proto 2000 replica of the rare BL2 diesel locomotive used by the Rock Island Railroad. Consider this as an addition to your HO scale railroad layout. Features include:
- Can motor
- Dual balanced brass flywheels
- All wheel drive and electrical pickup
- Deeply embossed sharp surface detail
- Much applied detail
- Evenly applied, opaque paint work
- Sharp lettering and graphics
- Glazing in all windows
- Knuckle couplers (in box)
- DCC control - decoder address is 429
This Life-Like P2K model is realistically rendered in all aspects, including smooth DCC controlled operation. The principal operational benefit of the DCC control is a wider range of speeds, smoother operation at slow speeds and a slower transition when accelerating or braking. In addition, multiple units may be independently operated at the same on the same track. For more on DCC operation, follow the information link at the end of this listing.
The decoder is a Digitrax DZ123, normally used in Z scale power units. But that's mainly because of the small physical size - the current rating of the chip is 1 amp at up to 18 volts and thus is suitable for HO operations. See this Digitrax link for more information. This window will stay open. The decoder has been installed by a computer engineer and the work is entirely first-rate.
From an appearance standpoint, the model is exceptional. All components are correctly scaled. Applied detail includes rungs, MU hoses, railing, horn, see-through exhaust fans on the roof, even windshield wipers! Steps are perforated, walk surfaces embossed with diamond safety tread.
F0 controls the both front (white) and rear (red) lights which are always on. Number boards are lighted. F3 triggers a safety yellow beacon over the cab.
Knuckle couplers are in the box for you to apply.
On the test layout, the unit operated smoothly at all speeds. The motor noise was barely audible. No problem in the turnouts, up and down grades, or anywhere else.
This unit, from all appearances, was removed from the box only for the DCC upgrade and perhaps never operated beyond a mere test. Like most others from this collection, was well maintained, stored, and operated in impeccably clean conditions. You will find scant evidence of wear and tear or handling.
You get the original box and paper work. For decoder documentation, follow the Digitrax link above. For more on how we test locos, click the information link below.
Price of $65 (or less with the fleet discount).
NEED MORE INO? For a description of model railroading terminology and key concepts, follow this information link. This listing window will remain open so you don't lose your place here.
FLEET DISCOUNT: Model is eligible for a fleet discount of up to 20%. Take advantage of a "fleet discount" for multiple items purchased under one order. Discounts are:
- 2 items: 5%
- 3 items: 10%
- 4 items: 15%
- 5 items or more: 20%
Discount applies to your TOTAL order. Proceed to checkout, click the "Make Offer" link and offer me the discounted toal of your order. When you receive notice that your offer has been accepted, issue your payment -and I ship!
SHIPPING: Price includes shipping to the lower 48. International shipping to Canada, the UK and Australia are at actual cost.