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 Posted: Mon Apr 11th, 2022 12:05 pm
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Hi Dan


I know not to stick my fingers in the A.C. wall sockets.

And stripping wire with my teeth ruins the enamel !


I think the answer is, an LED is a Diode,

and as such, only conducts in ONE direction only,

a Light Emitting Diode passes a forward-voltage.


Or in your locos case, a going in reverse voltage !


Your track Polarity +/- changes for forwards,

and therefore the LED won't light up that way.


Old skool type directional loco lighting works,

by wiring up Diodes to ol' vintage filament-bulbs,

which then only light up in ONE direction.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 12th, 2022 12:54 am
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Thanks Eddie.

What I did was swap the leads to the socket,
and now the lights work in forwards movement.

It's the way the LEDs are prewired into the 'bulb'.
Only one polarity works.

What threw me is, reversing the polarity of the rails,
doesn't change anything,
as I think the lights are wired in after the motor too,
so direction of the motor, is what sets the lights polarity.

Well that's a simple change made a bit more complete.

I think if I want bi-directional lights,
I'll need to add some more LEDs with opposite polarity.

Not impossible, but I was hoping for a simple screw in fix.
Such it the fun of modelling.

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Seems there is an onboard circuit built in,
that delivered filtered 5V DC to the bulbs.

A trick LGB used in conjunction with 5V bulbs,
to have almost constant lighting from the start.

There used to be two outlets,
one for forward, one for reverse,
to have directional lighting nevertheless.

So check the innards of your loco,
for a 'suspicious' electronics' board.




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My version (from the Internet).


Go to this site for the electronics list.

http://www.pollensoftware.com/railroad/parts.html
 

I used two boards linked for bi-directional lighting in DC.

PM me for a circuit diagram.


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Thanks, Helmut and Steve,
neat ideas.

I think I've got myself sorted,
if only in the forward direction right now.  


A bit of a back and forth week.

I realised that my couplers were way too small in this scale,
and decided to resized them up by 150 percent.

This meant reprinting them all and reinstalling them.

This also laid bare my abysmal standardisation,
in that I needed to make a gauge,
so all the couplers would be at close to the same height,
on all the cars, for good operation.  


The paint shop was busy,
blacking in the exterior of the coach,
lettering coming soon.










The colour is SWMBO's choice and I do think it's striking.
I can now get to painting the interior wood grain finish.

The workshop has started to add bits back onto the Loco,
and getting her ready for the paint shop.

Worked on some LED lighting,
and other bits and pieces.


Worst news is my beloved Dremel Stylist motor tool,
is finally going to give up the ghost.

She won't hold much of a charge now,
and after years and years of great service will need to retire.

Trouble is they don't make the this style anymore,
and I'll have to adjust to something new, sigh.


Off to do family stuff over Easter weekend,
so that's enough modelling.


Thanks for looking in.

Dan


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She won't hold much of a charge now,
and after years and years of great service will need to retire.


Dan

Have removed defective accumulators from hand held machines,
and added leads to connect them with one of my trusty 16V power packs.

If you don't insist on moving around freely in the layout room,
this avoids retiring a good working tool.




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 Posted: Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 08:22 am
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I'm gonna stop here for a bit.
Too many other things to play with.

I've got the Porter back together and I can run trains again.

The sliding cab windows took ages,
but it's one thing I really wanted to add.

Basic paint now on and some of the details are getting there.

I still want to do a 3D-printed smokebox front and some Moose antlers.
Lights and lettering to add, then weathering and some crew figures.

But for now she looks a bit more like she should.










Having a blast.

I'm going to go run some trains.


Thanks for looking in.

Dan


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 Posted: Thu Apr 28th, 2022 02:06 am
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Hi Dan

For many years,
I've attached controllers and power sources
to layout sides with Velcro strips.

They hold well, but make it easy
to remove the controllers.

Regards, Dave L.


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Hi Dan

Have you looked at something like this "special" from Bachmann US

Bachmann Trains

For your missing smokebox door ?

You get a lot of other stuff that might be useful too.  ;)




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 Posted: Tue May 3rd, 2022 09:21 am
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I've been working away on Tumbledowne.
Bits and pieces everyday.

It has been great therapy for me,
and I'm very much enjoying modelling trains once again.


Not very photogenic, but I purchased a Mylocosounds sound card,
and succeed in getting it set up.

A very nice unit, very small in size,
but great features and easy to use.

I don't intend to install it on the loco, as I don't want to loose cab details,
but I have fitted it to the layout, and had much fun playing with it.

With such a small layout you only loose a little bit of immersion,
not having the sound coming from the loco.


I did however need a small building to mount the unit onto the layout.
So...  I have started to bash one up.





I don't think it's too shabby so far.
Just some 30mm foam sheet covered in balsa.

The windows are Evergreen strip styrene over some O-scale windows,
used as a core to keep everything square and the right size.

Bricks are the same ones I have used for the turntable walkway,
grouted in with, well, tile grout.

I don't yet know what colours I'm going to go with,
cream yellow with red primer trim, is the front runner right now.

Plans call for a tarpaper shingled roof (sandpaper),
and a set of wooden steps and a lean-to out the back.

The structure is meant to be a paint and flammables store,
so some nice 'NO SMOKING' and 'Flammable' signs seem in order.


Thanks for looking in.

Dan


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