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Train Forty-Five™ 45 Watt

Inspired by the fabled “Trainwreck Express” vintage amp, The Fuchs Train 45 has a host of sweet spots — a stellar clean tone — fat, with tons of low-end response, plenty of midrange and gorgeous high-end sparkle. The Train’s tone controls are extremely responsive, touch-sensitivity is phenomenal and note-separation is also nice. The bright switch produces tones from bassy to shrill. Gain control adjustments achieve punchy, loud, blues tone on up to great rock tones.

Train Forty-Five Features

Train Forty-Five, Lucky-7 and Blackjack-21 are single channel non master style amps with a more rock and roll attitude than the Fuchs ODS and TDS amps. This new series of amps offers that rock and roll tone and attitude in varying power levels. All models share a similar “in your face” attitude, at different power levels. The top-model in the series is the Train-45 — a traditional “wreck-style” amp that has both the EL-34 power and attitude to drag off to a gig and shake some people up. This amp is clean to mean from both the guitar volume control and your hands, a simple, short signal path for maximum speedy response and hand-to-speaker transfer, and just plain simple to “grab and go.” The Train-45 has the basic 3-gain stage circuit topology of the original Trainwreck Express but enhanced by a few modern touches:

Audiophile style circuit techniques bring out the best in any tube circuit. Guitar amps are no different. The Train-45 starts with an audiophile style high voltage storage system. Instead of using single large capacitors, the Train-45 has a group of smaller capacitors in a bank. By using a bank of these smaller capacitors ganged together to produce one large capacitance, you end up with a power supply that is both forceful yet agile. One that holds lots of energy for transients yet can respond quickly to each and every note.

The amp is laid out on a heavy fiberglass two-sided circuit board. The power and preamp tubes are off the board on premium grade sockets. Extremely wide and heavy traces were used to emulate a hard-wired amp. Andy Fuchs made constant comparisons to both real Wrecks, many of the so-called Wreck-clones, and to his own hard-wired prototypes.

Like the high-end ODS and TDS Fuchs® amps it shares much of the same premium metal work including an aircraft grade aluminum chassis, and a cooling fan.

The Train-45® features a unique train logo with an LED “headlight”, which is super-bright and will never need replacement!

Train Forty-Five Specifications

  • Cabinet: 10.5 deep, 8” tall, 18” wide
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Cabinet Material: 7-Ply Birch
  • Covering: Tolex
  • Power tubes: 2 X EL-34/6CA7. (6V6’s may be used for reduced power) Preamp tubes: 3 X 12AX7
  • Controls: 3-position brite switch brite/flat/dark. Gain, high, mid, low, presence.
  • Rear panel: IEC Detachable power cord, fuse holder, AC and Standby switches. 4, 8, 16-ohm outputs (one each)
  • Rated Power: 35 watts clean 45 watts peak with EL-34/6CA7’s 6v6’s provide approximately 22 watts of power


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