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Is anybody else out there using radio control on their layout. I'm not talking about "tv tuner technology" but real r/c with onboard batteries and control. I know there are a few crazies who have done this but there needs to be many more. It sure makes operation easier and when one goes "wireless", it is much more fun to run trains.

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Oh Woody, you're spoiling my surprise. I have a  RC On30 train running. No more trouble with turnouts.

I'm putting together a tutorial but I'm in the middle of something that's taking all my time.

I'll try to get something posted ASAP.



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Bob-I didn't mean to spoil your suprise! It's about time there is some "action" started in what I believe to be the future of model railroading. Good luck, I will be down in the basement fixin'  up some medicine. (old Bob Dylan line).

   W C Greene-Mogollon Railway, Los Pinos y Madera RR, and the Boquillas Prismoidal Railroad(monorail), general troublemaker & nitpicker kicker



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Now this sounds like it would be very suited to G scale running outdoors, Does one get to have sound and smoke.
I do not have any G scale yet, main reason being the maintenance and cleaning,( It would not have anything to do with cost :Hmm:) but never say never.



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Funny you guys should have mentioned this today.

I was at the LHS and they were setting up a G scale train for RC.

They hid the batteries..all 15 D cells in a box car...heavy stuff man...literally!

They were figuring 5 hours to the charge...not bad at all.


Looking forward to your surprise Bob! :bg:



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With the newer Ion Lithium type battery, I could see getting a much smaller, lighter weight battery to get the job done for a 4 hour operating session, but the cost of these batteries is going to have to come down before it gets any serious consideration...........Tried buying a Dremel battery for your small cordless yet??

Dont bother, you can buy the entire unit cheaper!!

dewalt 18V battery...90.00........YES, they last a long time BUT not forever.......You WILL replace these.

Regular Duracell Alkaline D cell batteries are out of the question.......15 batteries at 1.50 a pop & not reccomended to recharge

RC & Trains has a ways to go yet I'm afraid before it is taken seriously.............eventually however it very well may............Now where did I put that solar battery charging panel i picked up back in the 80's hmmmmmmmm ;)



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Large scale r/c has been around for quite awhile, I'm talking about On30, On3, S, HO, and even N scale r/c. It HAS been done in N here in Dallas but the fellow who built the equipment said that when he showed it to his "club", they were very un-impressed and went back to table thumping and short circuit searching. I have been "pushing" r/c for a number of years and some of the local guys are tired of my tirades so they stay with their old-timey controls.  Someday.....

In the mean time, I am using rechargable Lithium batteries and very small r/c auto receivers/speed controls in my narrow gauge locos. Lithiums ain't cheap but they work quite well. Some of the "converts" use regular old 9 volt alkalines for power and love it.  I have written volumes about this and if anyone is really, REALLY interested, I can be persuaded to write more. Currently, here in Dallas there are several guys using r/c in On30, one has an HO r/c loco, and a friend & I run 1:32n20 r/c mining operations. I am a "silent runner" and don't care for sound effects, however most sound boards which operate on analog dc (Tsunami, etc) can supply the noise. Yep, the cost is rather high, but compared to a full blown dcc system, it is perhaps a bit less expensive-consider that you will never need Brite Boys and any of the associated complex wiring and switches to run the trains.

Whatever melts your butter is what I advocate, if you enjoy dc or dcc, I won't try to persuade you, if you are tired of 'lecktricity-this may be for you.

                W C Greene-having fun without wires



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I'm for one am Really interested.:Brilliant:



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Now that you're interested, find some r/c car racers & r/c flyers in your area and get to be friends with them. They know all the tricks and can help you along. One of my friends could care less about trains, but is a fine r/c jet flyer and has given much valuable advice and coaxing with what I am doing. At the local r/c car shop, checkout TEAM LOSI MICRO-T receivers, cost about 30 bucks and easily fit into Bachmann On30 tenders along with a battery. Then all you need is a transmitter(some guys will give you one-an old 27MHZ job) or buy a new Futaba 2 channel/2 stick r/c set, cost less than 50 bucks, a 9 volt battery and  battery plug/holder and go to town. The equipment can be put into a trailer car (box or gon) and the little lokies (Porters, etc) can be plugged in & run. When you do this, you will want to SEVER the connection between track pickup (or get rid of it all together) and motor, same as dcc installations but much simpler! If you can get a copy of LIGHT IRON DIGEST Vol 6, Number 5-Oct/Nov 2004, I had a pretty comprehensive story about r/c in my old On30 stuff and still use the same components except now I use the Lithium rechargables. By the way, these receivers have PROPORTIONAL speed control and run the locos the same as with dc or dcc but since you don't need clean track, life is easier!

I could get up on my soapbox and mouth off, but will use the old quote-"try it, you'll like it!"                W C Greene (Woodie)                    



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Thanks for the start Woodie!

I will look into this stuff and see what I can gather on the information end of it.

I already have an idea of what I would like to try...no not going to tell yet...but if I do...it will be cool!!

Will keep you informed as i investigate. :Brilliant:



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