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Bachmann HO flashing rear-end device

Read this review from the April 2018 Model Railroader
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Flashing rear-end devices, or FREDs, started taking the place of cabooses on trains starting in the 1970s. The small rectangular boxes are now a ubiquitous part of modern-era railroading. Bachmann Trains is offering a light-emitting-diode (LED) illuminated HO scale FRED that works on direct-current (DC) or Digital Command Control (DCC) track power.

Also called an End-Of-Train Device (ETD or EOT device), modern FREDs not only mark the end of a train with a flashing light, but also monitor brake pressure and feed other information to a Head-Of-Train Device (HTD or HOT device), colloquially called a “Wilma.”

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