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I recently received an old, somewhat beaten down G-Scale Classic Rail (Echo Toys) battery Powered Train Set from my Grandmother. It still works, but the locomotive isn't very powerful, it doesn't have variable speed, and it doesn't connect to a wireless controller. I know this might sound like an impossible task, but I want to upgrade this little locomotive (a 2-6-0 Mogul) giving it variable speed, radio control, and a LOT more pulling power. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this? Video tutorials would be most appreciated, but lengthy text descriptions are also gladly welcomed. Links to necessary parts for the procedure are also highly encouraged.

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What about getting a 2-6-0 donor chassis and converting it to battery power? Anyone have any ideas on that front? (as cheaply as possible if you please. I'm a poor college graduate)
 

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Ok, what about this: What If I gutted the Locomotive, added some tungsten weight, and made a power car/tender to push it around? Are there any instructions for a simple but powerful 2 axle powered boxcar with an RC remote?
 

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I apologize if my intentions were unclear. This Locomotive, though admittedly a cheap toy from the 1980s/1990s is of significant sentimental value to me. It was the first G-Scale locomotive that I ever saw, and it was something that I looked forward to seeing every Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's. My Grandfather passed away a few years ago, and my Grandmother's health is declining. When she gave it to me, I promised her that I would find a way to make the locomotive run again, better than it ever had before. I would make her proud and make that Locomotive something to behold. My goal is to preserve as much of the original locomotive/tender as possible, while still upgrading it to be a fully functioning hauler. I'm open to keeping the shell and slapping it over a superior chassis. I'm open to gutting it and replacing the motor of an RC car or RC locomotive with some more power. I'm even open to making it a dummy locomotive with a powered tender or van. I don't own any metal G-scale track, so getting a locomotive chassis that is track powered isn't much of an option. As far as a buget goes, I don't have much. I am a recent college graduate with a wife and soon children to support. I can't put down more than between $100-200 into this project for the next couple of months. Over the course of several months, years even, I plan on saving to put more money into this project, and potentially expand into more "Legitimate" G-scale modeling. For now, my main and only concern is taking this precious locomotive from my childhood and making it into a strong locomotive to honor my Grandparents, and to give my future children their first taste of model railroading. Any help is greatly appreciated. Projected costs are always welcome. I have a stubborn warriors spirit, and I will find a way to do this, come **** or high water. When I've done it, I will post my procedure online so that others like me who don't have much can get their foot into the Hobby and can reclaim their "cheap, knock off" G-scale trains and make something beautiful out of them. This is my manifesto and my goal.
 
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