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Hi to all.

I have an American Models RS-3 that I converted to R.C. a few years ago,
with a MRC Loco Genie system using a 9V battery for power.

I have been very pleased with its performance.
I have been searching for the steam version of this for two years & no success.

This week I found the steam versions at Tower Hobbies.
Universal Steam Heavy is # 021501, Universal Steam Light is # 021500.

You get a Receiver, Transmitter, Speaker and user guide.
2.4 GHz system with about 70 ft. of operational range.

If you want to start in R.C. railroading give this system a try.
Find a place to put a battery and you are good to go.

I will try to post photos in the coming week.


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Just found this site: 

https://www.modelrectifier.com/locogenie-s/125.htmlooks

A winner to me. 

Anybody seen these or used them?

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I finally bought some of the Loco Genie locomotives offered by Model Power,
so I could play around with the system. 



Here's a Model Power 0-4-0 that I've been working on.
I used the Loco Genie out of the 0-4-0 Dockside.

The battery is an 3.7 v 18350 which are commonly used in vaporizers.
I'm using a Pololu 12v regulator to step the voltage up.

I wanted to convert the dockside,
but couldn't figure out how to get everything in there but will work on it.

So far very happy with how everything is working.
These are the first DCC or sound equipped locomotives that I've ever had,
and really like having sound.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pczPtr0jWow

Here the Model Power Plymouth diesel that I've converted.

This was easy and had it running on battery quickly,
as all I had to do was cut the wires to the wipers and run wires to a trailing car.

By the way, I learned these diesels are oversized and might work well for On30.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls68ryvYxQs




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MRC have introduced the Loco Genie 

https://www.modelrectifier.com/locogenie-s/125.htm

This would appear to be a DCC sound chip,
with an added 2.4MHz RC receiver and a handheld transmitter.

It's capable of running off DCC or DC track supply,
but I assume is also going to work quite happily off on board batteries,
as it doesn't rely on the track for control.
(although this is an option with DCC)

It's about $80 list,
but already the diesel version is on eBay for half that,
so not too expensive.  

Has anyone tried it yet or got any more knowledge of it?
 
The manual is a bit sparse on details.


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I have merged a number of older threads onto this topic

I also removed a fair number of totally way off topic posts

It would be good to have only Loco Genie discussed here


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This Loco Genie looks interesting.  Would like to hear if anyone else has given this a try.



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Hi Michael  :wave:



Like a total Muppet  [whack]  I missed an ACE auction for one on eBay.  :f:



I don't think that many people over The Pond know what 'Loco Genie' is.  ???

Possibly cos it doesn't come installed in an 0-4-0 G.W.R. Pannier Tank !  ;)


An old modelling friend of mine scored one a while back ... :old dude:

... & installed it in a small SM32 battery loco, for outdoor use.



He was over the moon with it !  :bg:
Top notch radio control ... straightforward functional transmitter ... & great sound !  :brill:



I'm gonna get one to install in one of my 1:35n2 scratchbuilds ...

... just need to find another HOT auction on eBay ... No rush, a lot to do here.  :time: :slow::dt:



It comes highly recommended ... with both ***** 5-Star value & quality, plus ease of use.  :thumb:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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:old dude:  For anyone wanting to try out  :dt:  installing Radio Control  :brill:  in their 1st train ...

... as Woodie  :cb:  has always said :-


" You don't need rocket appliances "

Or was that Ricky  :dope:  from Trailer Park Boys ?  ???

Anyway, one thing is for sure, you certainly DON'T need to be a Rocket Scientist ...  :brill:

... to get your 1st Radio Controlled train up & running on the rails !




Fortunately since Radio Controlled trains aren't Rocket Science ...  :brill:

... there's no gravity to overcome & also no overwhelming paperwork either !  :boogie:



Contrary to what you might think, or have read ...  L:

... you won't be needing this either ...  :us:





:old dude:  You might well have been told in hobby shops, or read about peoples big budgets, somewhere ...

... that you need pricey $100 Dollar battery-chargers & expensive $$$ 'Name Brand' batteries.  :f:


This is absolutely NOT the case at all.





For my 1st Radio Control experiments, I bought this $2.00c inc. P&P battery-charger on eBay ...

... & also paid the extortionate sum each  ;)  of about $1.50c inc. P&P for suitable Li-Po batteries.


This nice simple & compact battery-charger comes with a cable which plugs into any USB power socket ...

... & as you can see, can easily trickle-charge a number of individual batteries at once.  :!:


There are many many long rambling discussions about the merits of various batteries in the R.C. Forum ...  :time:

... so it probably isn't worth a very long & tedious elaboration about the subject here.  :y:


The simple point being, that it IS that simple & it DOESN'T need a NASA sized budget either !  :shades:


Have a look on 'eBay Worldwide' & just search 'Li-Po Battery' & 'Battery Charger' ... CHEAPEST FIRST !



:cool:



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My 'Loco Genie' just showed up in the mail!


The main IC part is about 1.5" by 3/4"
 
Much smaller than I anticipated.

This should be so much easier to install.


Oh, goodie! 

Something new to play with!


The instructions say that the motor needs to be isolated from the frame.

How can you tell if the motor is isolated?




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'trainsetsonly.com' has some in stock. 

#021500 Light Steam - $37.86 plus postage.





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