We know trains. We’ve been operating railroad entertainment for almost 20 years and we run what we build so we know what works and what doesn't. And we keep improving what works until we know it's perfect. The frustrations and difficulties we experienced in our early years are what pushed us to where we are today.
The initial motivation for us to develop our electric locomotive was to eliminate the heat, the noise, and the smell of the engine in our original gasoline-hydraulic locomotive. It was really obnoxious and our passengers didn’t like it either. It was insulting to hear parents tell their kids not to sit close to the engine because “it stinks up there” and it doubly hurt to know they were right. We had constant overheating problems, oil and grime was everywhere, and the controls felt awkward and sloppy.
So we set out to create a 100% electric drive that would outperform any internal combustion system in pulling-power, range, relaibility, and cost of ownership, and it had to fit in the space we had. Years of research and testing led us through a few imperfect solutions, but each step took us closer to the jewel we have now.
Our advanced technology traction drive uses a high torque A/C motor and sophisticated industrial motor controller coupled with a silent direct-connect axle drivebox and multi-button joystick to provide precise one-handed fingertip control of all drive and regen braking operations.
The result is clean, smart, and very powerful.
So when you're disappointed by the old standard, bulky, loud, inauthentic machines from the typical train supplier trying to masquerade their bulldozer as a steam locomotive, they may tell you "sorry, that's just how it is."
Well, partner..., it's not that way anymore.