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What does an engine "need" in it?

9170 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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. . . . . all that is in now but actually working ! (not all of us are techies or wish to waste time or feel they have time, learning electronics)

_actual working PnP ! (same oh 'cause maybe sometime us with trackpower and a "transformer 30' away from a derailment or turnout", may wish to try out batt' on a unit or two)

_nicely detailed on the outside (easier to remove if to fine for the end-use(r) than add-on)

_LEDs (if "wrong" colour lightly paint them over as i believe GS in his tech pages told us for stock bluish light, lite coat of tamiya yellow(?) does turn things birght white! did that on my first LED bulb conversion in a 44T which went dead on me a yr later . . .hmmm still have to go under th hood and find where likely my amateur soldering broke !)

_smoke for the ones that seem to need it (like when other don't like fine detai, l i tend to leave mine turned off the majority of the time and the only time it actually looks real is when the air is reaaal calm or your layout is indoors and hearing about what some of the older units do melted plastic . . . i may disconnect the darn things totally . . . . leave them in for the few grams they weigh . .)

_ and to also find a a big baggie of AristoCraft brakewheels hiding under the engine hood !!

. . . . now time to do some domestic dutie so later I can sched some more fun time with the railway . . outside yesterday during the continuing "big melt", taking a few pics of 'spotted rolling stock (albeit yrs ago when they were factory fresh vs a week or more in revenue service aka weathered . . . . . Marty is that 200grit ? )


doug c

. . . . amoeba in electronics
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