An old but nice model: the Lufthansa Airport Express with BR111 converted to DCC with sound.
The Lufthansa Airport Express service is long gone (see Wikipedia article here). But as someone who travels a lot, I have a bit of a thing for airport trains. I have started converting the “Donald Duck” LH Airport Express (see article here), and still have a CAT Train (Vienna Airport Train) to modify properly.
On a side note, there is one train I would love to see in N scale (but with little hope): the Norwegian Flytoget. The austere but beautiful Class 71 train is one of the few high speed airport links in the world, linking Oslo Airport to the capital at 210kph (about 130mph).
Back to the Arnold Lufthansa Airport Express. This set, with a BR111 locomotive, part no 0180, was a 1991 limited edition. I got my hands on it on Ebay.
As many Arnold models, it stood the test of time pretty well.
I found enough room for sound in the locomotive, so here was the plan:
The original board had to be cut, to leave room for the SH10A sound module from Doehler & Haass. As usual when possible, I am using a homemade 1.27mm plug between the decoder and the sound module, in case I want to upload a new sound project someday.
I am using a cheap Tams FD-R Basic decoder in each car, with a custom led board.
It’s nice when a 25 years old model ends up running as smoothly as fancy new models. Now I still need to finish the BR403 Airport Express conversion, it’s been lying around for more than a year. Unfortunately, the old N scale Lima models don’t have the quality of Arnold ones, so the result won’t be the same.
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