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What does an engine "need" in it?

9169 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?

I do not use smoke, so I don’t really need it in a loco, but I don’t mind removing it as others love smoke. I do like isolation switches for smoke and motors.

I do not care for fancy electronics, as I will remove it when I install a DCC decoder. As not all will want to install a control system it should have constant headlights, ditch lights… which work on standard DC track power.

I do not see the value of Bachmann Super Socket. Maybe a compromise to the BSS would be to wire everything back to a terminal strip (I believe some manufactures do this in large scale already?).

I do like sprung drivers. The gearing and other mechanics should be well made, save money of electronics and put it into the mechanics of the loco. Ask yourself this, what’s worse, a locomotive which won’t pull a decent length train at the risk of stripping a gear or one that does not have a glowing fire box?

I think I like sound, a prevision for a speaker is a must, but I’ll purchase the speaker and sound unit. I don’t want to manufacture wasting my money on a cheap unit which I will throw away. A sound cam is a must for steamers, as don’t want factory sound, I think the starting of a cam on a driving axle is good enough, maybe just a drum with spots to install magnets??? Or I would mind if they installed the magnets and reed switch, then all I would need to do it wire the contacts of the reed to the sound unit.

I guess in summary, I like things simply, I believe fancy electronics add points of failure to locomotives. Save money on electronics and put it into mechanics. I believe a locomotive which runs and pulls well are much better then one which has all he bells and whistles.
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