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July 26, 2014

RR-CirKits At Steve's Depot -  Steve's Depot is now an authorized dealer of RR-CirKits products. We currently have the LocoBuffer USB computer interface in stock. Very soon we will have RR-CirKits block detection, signaling and other products in stock and available on our web site too!

Click HERE for product details and ordering!

July 14, 2014

Blackstone Models Flatcars & Drop Bottom Gons Delayed -  We just received word today that shipment of the new freight cars has been delayed. Originally announced to ship this month, we now understand that they will not be available until late August.

Click HERE for flatcar details and ordering!
Click HERE for drop bottom gondola details and ordering!

July 10, 2014

SoundTraxx SoundCar™ Has Arrived -  Now in stock and ready to ship! The SoundCar is the only DCC decoder that replicates rolling stock sounds for N through G scales. Available individually and in convenient 3-packs.

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July 10, 2014

MRC Cable Computer Interface Back In Stock -  Having been unavailable for about a year, the MRC 1516 Cable Computer Interface is now back in stock.

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July 10, 2014

New Ultra Low Cost Sound Decoders - JUST $25.99!!! ($42.98 MSRP) -  MRC has begun shipping two ultra low cost sound decoders, available from Steve's Depot for just $25.99. The diesel version includes prime mover, airhorn, and bell sounds. The steam version includes chuff, whistle, and bell sounds.

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July 3, 2014

JMRI Production Version 3.8 Available -  JMRI DecoderPro and PanelPro software are the most popular decoder and layout programming applications available. Version 3.8 has been released with many new decoder definitions, features, and improvements.

JMRI Test Version 3.9.1 With MRC Prodigy Support Available -  MRC still offers its own freely downloadable software for connecting their Prodigy systems to computers. Now they have combined forces with the JMRI team to add support for Prodigy systems to the JMRI family of software products. Features include decoder programming, on-screen throttles, turnout control, and triggering MRC system routes.

Click HERE to read the 3.8 release notes.
Click HERE to download 3.8 for Windows, Mac, Linux.

Click HERE to read the MRC support information & download 3.9.1 for Windows, Mac, Linux.
Click HERE to read the 3.9.1 TEST VERSION release notes & download for Windows, Mac, Linux.

June 30, 2014

Aero-Car Hobby Lubricants at Steve's Depot -  Steve's Depot now offers the full line of Aero-Car Hobby Lubricants products as an authorized dealer. As specifically referenced in locomotive maintenance guides, Aero-Car Hobby products have a high reputation in the model railroad industry. In addition to lubricants, the Track Cleaner & Conditioner product has received acclaim as one of the most superior track cleaning agents available.

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June 30, 2014

Tomar Industries at Steve's Depot -  We are now an authorized Tomar Industries dealer, carrying a number of products that complement our current offerings. Contact Wipers and Pickup Shoes add electrical pickup, or augmenet existing pickups, in locomotives and rolling stock. Adlake Marker Lights have been requested by our customers for addition to their cabooses, coaches and other items. And Hayes stoppers, Hayes bumpers, and EOT devices have a place on just about any model railroad!

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June 27, 2014

New DN126M2 & DZ146IN Decoders From Digitrax -  These decoders do not replace any existing decoders, instead they offer new installation options for locomotives. The DN126M2 is designed specifically for the new MicroTrains N scale SW1500. The DZ146IN is adds an NEM651 6-pin option to the DZ146 line of decoders

Click HERE for DN126M2 details and ordering!
Click HERE for DZ146IN details and ordering!

June 26, 2014

SoundTraxx CurrentKeeper™ Has Arrived -  Now in stock and ready to ship! Experience hiccup-free sound and operation with any DCC decoder and the new CurrentKeeper. The CurrentKeeper provides continuous sound and smooth operation by maintaining uninterrupted electrical power for up to 10 seconds - perfect for dirty track and finicky runners.

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June 26, 2014

HO Athearn RTR GP60M Manufacturing Defect -  It has come to our attention that the latest shipment of HO Athearn RTR GP60M locomotives have a direct short of the negative motor lead to the frame. They have ceased shipping these to find a fix to the problem.

If you have these be sure that before installing a decoder that this issue is attended to or you could damage any DCC decoder you install. A simple fix is to run electrical tape on the underside of the clip and up over the sides of the frame to ensure the bottom clip does not make contact with the frame, transferring power from the rail directly to the motor. You can also bend the end of this clip upward to allow proper clearance for the frame.

Affected Athearn Part numbers are: ATH88845, 88846, 88847, 88848, 88849, 88850, 88851, 88852.

June 24, 2014

Blackstone Models Weathered C-19s Are In -  The very long awaited factory-weathered versions of the C-19 are now in stock and ready to ship. These locomotives don't disappoint. The sound is spectacular and the weathering makes them beautiful in a way that only a greasy, grimy locomotive can be.

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June 6, 2014

SoundTraxx Announces the SoundCar™ -  The SoundCar is the only DCC decoder that replicates rolling stock sounds for N through G scales. Now, a Tsunami that produces sounds for the rest of the train. Available from Steve's Depot individually and in convenient 3-packs!

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June 4, 2014

MRC Announces New Mini and Kato Sound Decoders -  The new Preferred Mini Diesel (1717) and Preferred Mini Steam (1718) sound decoders each measure just 30.5mm x 10.5mm x 5.5 mm. They easily fit into smaller and mid-sized HO scale locos. They feature 28 functions, 6 prime mover sounds, 22 different horns and 8 bell sounds. Both are equipped with the NMRA eight-pin plug for effortless installation.

The new Kato drop-in sound decoder (1930) fits Kato SD45, SD70, SD80, RS-2, C44-9W, GP35, GP38-2, F40PH and P42 locomotives. It has all the matching prime mover sounds for these locos. Decoder features more than 20 horns, 8 bells and separate ditch lights. Ditch lights can be turned on or off, or alternatively flash, and are totally independent of the headlight. Comes complete with speaker and baffle.

Click HERE for Preferred Mini Decoder details and ordering!
Click HERE for Kato Drop-In Decoder details and ordering!

June 3, 2014

MRC Announces The Decoder Doctor -  The Decoder Dr. is a new unique device that gives you the ability to test and program your decoders prior to installation, or even after the decoder has been installed. Change the address, read and program CVs, test function outputs, etc. Plug a decoder into the Decoder Dr.'s NMRA 8-pin plug socket or connect the Decoder Dr. to your programming & test track. Expected to begin shipping in October 2014.

Click HERE for details and ordering!

June 1, 2014

TCS Continues WOWSound Decoder Discount Pricing -  TCS has extended discounted pricing on their WOWSound decoders beyond the previous May 31 end date. Steve's Depot is currently offering these decoders at just $74.95 for the basic version, and just $84.95 for the Keep-Alive version!

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May 8, 2014

SPROG Nano -  There is a new member in the SPROG product family, the SPROG Nano. The Nano is essentially a command station that plugs directly into your computer via a USB cable, and connects to any opto-isolated power booster from any manufacturer. It's a low-cost option for those who want to run their railroad exclusively from their computer.

Click HERE for details and ordering!

May 1, 2014

Accu-Lites Screw Terminal Solutions -  Accu-Lites makes some clever accessories to make wiring your DCC layout MUCH easier. Now available at Steve's Depot!

  • SNAPS! makes connecting wires to your Tortoise switch machines... well... a snap!
  • No more awkward soldering with the Digitrax BDL168, PM42, and SE8C breakout boards!
  • Get rid of your marginal suitcase connectors and use the super reliable and reusable DCC Vampire!

Click HERE to order!