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What does an engine "need" in it?

9168 Views 69 Replies 30 Participants Last post by  Greg Elmassian
Some of us have talked about this before.
Thought it would be a good thread.
I have bought used engines that was damaged.
all I reaaly need in them is
1 the 24 volt motors
2 leds head lights ,direction board.
3 some may want smoker.
4 sound unit w/speaker

I have been asked why is all the boards in side the locos for if you don't need them?
In the old days all we had was lights, smoke

In my mind engines are designed for meeting everyones needs the easiest way possible.

Some of us even remove everything and start over with some sytems.

I have a couple of engines that just have a plug in and out at each end and leads to the motors. nothing else.the lead engine controls them or a battery car.

what do you think.??
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RE: What does an engine "need" in it?

Greg, you want to give it a rest for a while. Marty's orginal topic was how much technology should be included, not what type of technology should be included. There was no mention of R/C vs DCC until you brought it up! After two day and two new postings I thought maybe we could get back to the original topic, but you just do not seem to be able to let it go.

Eric, I say again, "GIVE IT A REST".

ps You too Paul.
Posted By TonyWalsham on 01/16/2009 5:34 PM
Posted By NTCGRR on 01/16/2009 5:00 PM
I think working sanders is very important in winter.

What a great idea.

However, I cannot imagine a track powered loco would be able to pick up any power once the track was sanded.

That leaves only one viable power source, Batt............

Wrong, oh mighty thinkers of the Garden Railroad World. Battery power would not be the only form of usable power. If one can develop working sanders, one could develop Miniature Diesel engines and generators. Just as "live steam" is a viable area of our hobby, why can't "live Diesal" become usable.

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