As someone who works with N-Force on a daily basis and has had a bit to do with the people who sell and engineer it; they’d have you believe that. From experience though, I beg to differ especially in the rain or on greasy rails. The 1100 class are fitted with N Force while the 1200 class have the additional Independent Axle Control fit out. Like the ZTR locos that have operated on the NSW network before them, neither have set records for performance or reliability.
One crucial thing to remember about aftermarket microprosser fitted locos is that the equipment probably does work well in heavyweight US domestic locomotives. Ours, especially narrow gauge QR Clyde’s weigh a lot less though.
From my experience in NSW, reliability on grades to me means genuine EMD electrical equipment or QES-III. N-Force and povopack NYAB CCB26 is a poor mans fit out. I hope the locos performance doesn’t end up reflectling that.