I just got back from the dual train shows held this weekend at Livingston and Helena Montana.
At Helena this afternoon I bought two Grandt Line On3 porter kits for $100.
I decided that these handy little engines could make up the motive power for a small train show layout in the future
(after I've got the Mystic HO scale display nearly or completely done).
One appears to be a side tank, and the other appears to be a saddle tank kit.
Anyways, I'd like to assemble these little guys over the summer.
The kits are in good shape and all the parts, including the motor and gears, are included in the box.
However, there's a few things I need help with:
1) The wheels and axles have light rust on them.
What is the best way to clean rust off without eating the plastic wheel centers and the plastic gear on one of the axles?
2) Can anyone recommend a source for very small, simple to install LED lights?
I'd like to have one for the headlight on each engine
plus have a separately controlled one hanging from a lantern in the cab.
3) These kits have good interior details, so I don't want to fill up the cab with electronics.
However, I would like to include DCC with Sound, and a keep alive.
4) Finally, does anyone know how to fit all this electronics stuff into the engine?
I really don't want a tender unless I have to have one because these little engines rarely needed one,
especially on short industrial lines like the one I'm planning.
5) That being said, if I do need a tender, I'd rather just go with remote control and battery power,
but I would still like to have sound.
So if anyone has ideas on what RC systems incorporate sound functions, I'd love to be pointed in the right direction.
I've got final tests coming up the next couple of weeks,
so there won't be any progress on either this project, or my Mystic, SD HO scale project.
But afterwards I'm taking advantage of the extra time off in the summer to get some needed progress done on both endeavors.
That thread did have some good advice in there, Rob.
Looks like I've got some decisions to make regarding powering these little engines.
The cheap option would be using a simple Deltang setup.
I would love sound, but a smooth running unit is more important.