Hello Woodie, this is to follow up on my Sept 26 blurb. First, I'll be posting future progress in the "list your components" grouping. I have to agree with Juergen. As more posts are made, and with so many aspects to RC, it would seem easier to track the progress for each subject matter by keeping new information in separate fields of interest.
Be that as it may, I will just mention again my prototype AMD-103 was completed and given a trial run at my local train club, and ran successfully. We ran on and off for an hour, with plenty of battery power to spare.
For this first prototype, I used four 1.5 volt alkaline batteries in series, a Spektrum DX5e transmitter, Spektrum AR500 receiver, Associated Electronics reversing ESC and a 9-pole brushed motor with A-Line flywheel. The frame, power trucks and gearbox are Hobbytown.
Future batteries will include rechargeable LiFePO4 batteries (for safety). I have abandoned contactless dynamic charging because the technology is underdeveloped and too expensive to implement. Charging will be dynamic via pantograph or dedicated track sections and/or static via dedicated station or siding track. I'm still working on contactless charging, but this will be much later. I want to have about 5,000-7,500 mah capacity so reasonable loads can pulled.
That's where I'm at. Radio control does work. Optimization is the challenge. Advocates need to come together for mutual support and the realization of this long overlooked concept.