> Does anyone know if the updated Athearn F7s that are being released in the
> "Ready-to-Run" series include the DCC quick-plug, like other newish RTRs?
Unfortunately no. Upon reading your post I inspected the RTR F7 AB set
I just purchased in Boston & Maine Mcginnis blue & white. The powered A
unit contains the usual Athearn metal wiper dingus bringing DC power
from the trucks to the top motor brush. There is no DCC plug in the
locomotive and no mention of DCC capability in the inclosed instruction
sheet. The insides look just like my older Athearn F7s
There are a few improvements, The "superweight" part number 90710
is now blackened so it doesn't show thru the portholes. I used to apply
black electrical tape to the older superweights to make them invisible.
The windows are now glazed, a small detail I used to add on. The
couplers are now Bachmann EZ-mates in a***on coupler box, an
improvement over the clipon coupler box on the old timers.