The N-Scale BR232 “Ludmilla” from Brawa (61004) dates back from 2008. Time for an update…
Old lady, old model
This diesel engine, nicknamed “Ludmilla” is pretty popular in Germany. Nearly all N-scale model train manufacturers have had a go at it. Arnold has just released a model with a Next18 interface, and “room for sound” (I am waiting for the first reviews).
My Brawa Ludmilla (Railion livery) dates back from 2008. It doesn’t even have a NEM651 socket, but “soldering points”. My model had been converted to DCC with a simple Zimo decoder.
I opted for a sound upgrade:
- Added Next18 socket for future decoder changes (one never knows…), with Next18 sound decoder
- Replace the original (white only) LED by changing white/red LEDs.
- Add capacitors to improve rolling on dirty tracks or points.
I recently mentioned the Doehler & Haass SD18A decoder as being good value, I don’t know of any other all-in-one sound decoder in N scale under €60.
Unfortunately, Doehler and Haass doesn’t have a large sound library yet (list of sound in links below). But, the Ludmilla sound project was recently released, so I fired up my Doehler & Haass Programmer (reviewed here) and could upload the correct sound for this engine in a few minutes.
Here is a look at the video from the company that actually provided the sounds to Doehler and Haass.
There have been many conversions for this model. See for example this one, with a separate decoder and sound module: MTKB Umbau. It’s in German, but they have excellent pictures (also be sure to check their other DCC and sound conversions here).
Here are a few pictures of my conversion, and be sure to check the videos above!
- Current Doehler & Haass Sound projects (in German): http://doehler-haass.de/cms/pages/produkte/soundsystem/soundprojekte.php
- Doehler & Haass Programmer review
- Hobbytrain Rottenkraftwagen KLV 53 converted (sound, Next18) (another use of the SD18A decoder)
- Model train sound for beginners