I would like to build a tender or trailing freight car with power pickups to help my Davenports through switches. I know it's been done and would like some help with it. Any tips, tricks, tutorials, (pics would be GREAT), that you could direct me to would be very helpful.
I understand there are plenty of options for powering the frog on the ME switches, but I just wanna get running right now. That will come in the future when I feel like wiring again.
You might consider running a pair of those Davenports together in a cow calf combination This should help get them over those turnouts and would be my choice and the easiest approach The drives and gearing would match I hope this is of some help Paul
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Dave - Thanks for the tutorial. It is sort of what I am looking for, although well beyond my skills I think. One question. Is the added circuitry needed or could I just have a tender with pickups and wires to take the power to the motor?
Yes, you could just add a wiper to the insulated wheels (shown in the how to) and a wire to the metal uninsulated side frame and then run a Miniatronics or Scale Shops 2 pin Micro plug setup to the loco's motor. The Porter/Davenport is already wired from wheels to motor (DC version) and you could add the plug between the loco & tender so you could seperate them if needed. No extra wiring is needed.
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