Originally Posted by Norton1972
Well I found a smoker in the pile of stuff that came with the train. Easy install and it works great. It does leave a bit of oil on the engine but I don't really care. The sounds are something I will have to talk to Marklin about. I'm not sure the sound is a biggy but the smokeis really cool. My old lionel O scale had a white pill you dropped in and lasted forever. No oily residue from it. I'm a happy camper.
One of the most common ways of adding sounds (yes sounds plural) To a locomotive Is by converting a DC locomotive to DCC. That brings up the question does your Marklin train run on DC current, or AC? I'm not familiar with Marklin, but I know that some of their trains run on track that has a series of contact studs mounted in the center of the ties. A shoe on the center bottom of the loco rubs along these contact studs. this system is quite similar to the third rail in the center of Lionel track. I think that, like Lionel, this Marklin system uses AC to power the trains. If that's true, and you have that center studded track, then DCC will not work for you, at least not without going to the considerable trouble of replacing the AC motor in the locomotive with a DC motor.
However, I think Marklin also makes some trains that operate on DC power. They use conventional two-rail track, without the center studs. If that's the type you have, then you should be able to install a DCC decoder with sound, in your locomotive(s) you would also need a DCC controller to run the trains, but one controller can handle several trains, with independent control of each train.
The sounds available with DCC are not restricted to the chuff chuff sound of a steam locomotive. Bells, whistles, coupler noise, brake squeal, and several other sounds related to locomotive operation, are included. There are also sound decoders for diesel and electric locomotives, with sounds appropriate to those types.
Just a suggestion;