Save your money, and get the CSX 6000 instead. I wound up swapping all the scenarios I had with this loco for the CSX 6000 Loco that has brakes that work properly.
Nice loco. Good sounds, great looking cab, and powerfull. Hauls 80 coal cars with no problem, providing you can get traction, which you probably won't be able to do because of the ridiculous wheel slip on this loco which shows up clearly in the two included scenarios where it is pulling a very long coal train in the rain, In fact the scenarios that come with this locomotive will do alot to turn you against the CSX SD80. Takes forever to get the train rolling, and I mean forever, like maybe 4 minutes to reach 5 mph in the second scenario especially, and you must use sand and don't go beyond notch 2 until you hit about 23 mph. I think both scenarios are pretty worthless, since no Railroad would ever let an underpowered train like that out on a main line. Even on a flat, at 18+ mph, any application of anything past notch 2 in some sections of the second scenario results in wheel slip and you can lose 100 points in a few seconds. I even had wheel slip at 35 mph in scenario 2, on a section of track with zero grade , going at a steady speed, with very low traction motor current. No locomotive in the world behaves that way. This is very unrealistic behavior. So get used to cruising along at 12 mph in notch 2 for a good part of the second scenario. I don't know who wrote these two scenarios, especially the second one, but he or she has some sense of humor.
The braking gets some getting use to because if you aren't very, very careful when applying the train brake, the Emergency brake activates, in fact it activates at about 28-35% application which is ridiculous. If you use the X box controller on your other locos to control braking, you can forget about using it with this loco, because half the time you try and apply braking, it will go into emergency. You have to use the keyboard to control the application of brakes, and hit the key as quickly as you can. If you are slow pressing the application key and hold it a titch too long, you will trip the emergency brakes. I still can't figure out what the programmer had in mind when he designed the train brake on this loco. This loco is not one that you want to run if you want a relaxing trip in hilly terrain or with a heavy train. You get to where you are afraid to apply the train brake. On a shorter or lighter train, the locomotive works well, and sounds and looks good, except for the horn that blows for over 4 seconds which sounds terrible. All in all, I got this on sale for $7, and even at that, I probably won't use it much.