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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2018 07:12 pm
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Rick Dow wrote: Hi Rod,

I assume it's Spring in Australia. 

1. Do you remove this assembled "package" from the locomotive for the purpose of charging, 
or is this whole arrangement built for the purpose of charging onboard??

2. How is the wiring arranged "to and from" the RED component, 
for the purpose of isolating the charging current away from the two boards while charging??

Thanks, Rod

Rick


Hi Rick

Yes it is spring down under.

Questions

1 - Battery pack sits in a trailing truck made to look like a water tank.  Charger is plugged into it in situ.

2 - Hopefully this drawing tells the story.








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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2018 08:16 pm
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My HOn30 locos running.

https://youtu.be/YXx_9CKmO9c






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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2018 11:44 pm
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Rod,

That YouTube video was a real treat to watch. 
I suppose most of those present here had already seen it, but not me.

I thought I'd keyed in every possible "Battery Powered/Radio Controlled" YouTube video possible in the past, 
but obviously what I typed into the "Search Bar" never led YouTube to consider playing me your video.  

Thanks

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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2018 12:13 am
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Hi Rick,


Glad you enjoyed the video of my HOn30 locos. 

I am working on a scratch built On30 Rail Tractor that runs on wooden rails. 
I am very happy how that turned out. 
The background and tractor sounds are dubbed.


https://youtu.be/8pJqBeeND1o



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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2018 02:17 am
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Well, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out as well. 

In my view, that is an example of master modelling.

I would imagine we would all have to cry "uncle" as to the location of the Battery/Receivers etc ...... 
Wait a sec..... it's On3  ....... so probably there's room somewhere in that tractor after all.

My wife thinks you probably put the battery and receivers in the first lumber car, 
and then hollowed out the log push-bar in order to run the two power wires through it.


Congratulations for such an ultimately cool video and a terrific job on the whole affair.

Is this video filmed on a diorama that you have built for this purpose, or a layout or on a module of some kind?

Cheers

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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2018 02:33 am
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Sorry Rick,

Battery is in roof and receiver is just forward of the radiator. 
Tractor can run independently of rolling stock.

The diorama represent a location called "The Points". It existed and it was where timber and steel rail met.  
The timber bogies can be coupled to a larger locomotive and be taken to a siding where it was loaded onto the mainline.




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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2018 03:01 am
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I'm going to assume (guess) that the wooden rails were an Australian and possibly early British railway feature. 
Great modelling of that location where they hook up.

By the way, what time is it now down under in Mooroolbark? 
11:00 PM on Nov. 26th here in Ontario, Canada.

What's next in your modelling plans??


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Rick,

As I write this it is 4:30pm.   

I have just got a radio control uncoupler working.

https://youtu.be/cdtHa4C_wO0






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Rod, you have just proved that remote uncoupling anywhere on the layout is possible, or your mate did.. 
I have been thinking for some time about how to raise the hook on a tension lock coupler, wonderful...….any chance of more details?

I like the wooden rails as well. 
I think they were used in the USA as well and read somewhere that during the civil war the confederacy had to use them as there was no steel available?




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Hi Dave,
My mate had the couplers cast.  I got them to work remotely.  
I have used a Deltang receiver and DC voltage but the same set up can be operated with DCC.
The actuator coil is from the indoor flying community, and the tension spring was amongst my assortment of Kadees.
The actuator isn't strong enough to lift a coupler that is a tight fit so you have to ensure the two couplers are a loose fit relative to each other.
I don't know the current draw but a P pad on a Deltang requires a mosfet, but an F pad does not.  DCC may deliver sufficient current.  
I plan to explore with solenoids and servos, but space was limited on my test loco so hence the actuator coil.



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