So you’re thinking about getting a new HO Steam Locomotive? One that is properly equipped with DCC, Sound and Smoke would be the best choice, believe me.
As of choice, when I first looked for mine, I couldn’t find a proper list with HO Steam Locomotives with DCC, Sound and Smoke, so I created one for you, I hope you’ll find it helpful.
Quick word before we dive in, since I don’t know how familiar you are with the HO Scale.
What is a DCC Control?
You probably heard about it and you never got a proper explanation, or if you already know, you can jump over this section.
The DCC control stands for Digital Command Center and you will need it as soon as you want to run different trains, at different speeds on the same track.
The DCC computer unit will connect to your tracks and it will continually feed them with voltage, interacting with the computer inside your train, being able to control it.
Now what can get better than that? A steam locomotive with sound and smoke.
As mentioned before I wasn’t able to find a good list so I created one,
I will present you the best HO Steam locomotives with DCC, Sound and Smoke.
HO Steam Locomotive from Broadway Limited - 2-8-0 Consolidation UP 240 Paragon3 Sound DC DCC Smoke 5535
This is one of my favorites, there were over 33,000 Baldwin 2-8-0 built in the United States out of which 12,000 were exported.
According to SteamLocomotive.com the first Baldwin 2-8-0 was built in 1866 by Matthias Baldwin. The locomotive got it’s name in the honour of the recent consolidation of the Penn Haven & White Haven, Beaver Meadow and Lehigh & Mahanoy railroads into the Lehigh Valley.
Many main lines started using Consolidation 2-8-0, most notably Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe.
The locomotive comes with the Paragon3, Sound & Operation System with Authentic Sounds, featuring Rolling ThunderTM. Prototypical Operation in both DC and DCC Environments.
The chassis is made out of die cast as well as the body. Since we are looking just for the steam locomotive that has smoke and sound, this one has them all. It has synchronized puffing smoke with each chuff, variabile puffing smoke intensity and timing.
It is compatible with Code 83 and 100 Rail Tracks and the minimum operating radius is 18IN or greater. I believe it would be a great addition to your collection.
You can get it from here:
HO Steam Locomotive from Broadway Limited - Brass Great Northern S-2 4-8-4 Unlettered Vestibule Cab Glacier Park Paragon3 with Sound, DCC and Smoke 5647
These beauties were assigned to the Montana division to serve between Williston, North Dakota and Havre, Montana.
Unfortunately there is just one surviving today, the number 2584, it is on display in Havre, Montana.
This particular model is absolutely gorgeous, it comes with a vestibule cab and it is made out of heavy weighted brass. This model has the same features like the 2-8-0, which is sound, smoke and DCC.
You can get if from here:
HO Locomotive from Broadway Limited Brass UP-4 4-12-2 9034 - Modernized Standard Cab 18,000 Gallon Tender Black & Graphite Aluminum Lettering Paragon3 with DC,DCC, Sound and Smoke 4990
Back in the 1920s, most of the railroads were using the 2-8-8-0 Consolidation Mallet and the 2-10-2 type locomotives. Looking for greater speed, since these ones were limited to about 20 mph, Union Pacific got the first 4-12-2 in 1926.
This is a serious model locomotive, it is by far one of the most beautiful, well crafted I have ever seen.
If you are wondering what features it has, all of the ones from above, DCC, Sound and Smoke. It is made out of heavy weighted brass construction and detail, All-Driver Drive and All-Wheel Electrical Pick-up except for pilot trucks/trailing trucks. The vents and hatches are operating. Minimum operating radius is 22IN or greater.
You can get one from here
HO Locomotive from Broadway Limited C&O J3A 4-8-4#614 Excursion Service Family Lines Rail System Lettering Paragon3 with DC, DCC, Sound and Smoke 4908
There were just five of these beauties ever built,(not talking about the model, but the real locomotive) all of them for Chesapeake & Ohio back in 1948, numbered from 610 to 614.
The model is astonishing, Broadway Limited does an incredible job.
About the model, like the ones mentioned above, it’s a HO steam locomotive with DCC, sound and smoke.
The model chassis is made out of die cast and the body out of brass, equipped with synchronized smoke puffs with each chuff and variable smoking intensity and timing. It is compatible with Code 70, 83 and 100 Rail tracks and the minimum operating radius is 22IN or greater.
Get it from here
HO Locomotive from Broadway Limited USRA Light Mikado CN 3726 Paragon with DC, DCC, Sound and Smoke 5568
This model comes with DCC, Smoke and Sound. The body is made out of ABS and the chassins out of die cast. It does have synchronized puffs with each chuff and variable puffing smoke intensity and timing.
It is compatible with tracks Code 83 and 100 Rail. The minimum operating radius is 18 IN or greater.