Life Like N Scale SW 8

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by rudywa, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. rudywa

    rudywa New Member

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    Purchased my first high-end locomotive, Life-Like N Scale SW 8 #7377 AT& SF, great detail, great speed control, I use DC as opposed to DCC, so I am limited, yet when I set the Locomotive in reverse the light goes out, any ideas, is this how it is supposed to work, no light comes on on the other end?

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  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    What is the difference between the SW8, & the SW9/1200? Could you post a picture?
  3. johnny b

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    Is it possable it's supposed to do that ? I have an Atlas H-14 that when its put in reverse the headlight in front goes out and the one in back comes on. Other wise I might suggest cleaning the contacts. The hobbie shop guy was showing a customer that once. He cleaned the contacts and the light came on .
  4. skipgear

    skipgear Member

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    It is supposed to do that. The light board is diode issolated so that in reverse the headlight goes out. At least that is the way mine is.
  5. HPRL

    HPRL Member

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    I have a LL SW1200. Forward -- light works, reverse -- light no work.
  6. Wyomingite

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    I need to agree that my locos headlight goes out in reverse.

    Ron :wave:
  7. sputnik

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    As others have said, yes, this is how it works. "Directional Lighting" on most N-scale locomotives will turn on a rear light when in reverse, but there was no room for such on this particular locomotive (at least there was no way to do so AND keep the unit in a decent price range).

    The prototype SW9 (12 cyl, IIRC) has a larger motor than the prototype SW8 (8 cyl, IIRC). Externally, the SW9 has two exhaust stacks, while the SW8 only has one. Additionally, there might be fewer louvres and a smaller radiator grille, but that can change so often throughout the years of use that you can't always go by that.

    ---jps
  8. FiveFlat

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    What does an SW8 look like?

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  9. csxengineer

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    sw8

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  10. FiveFlat

    FiveFlat Member

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    Yup! Happy now! :D
  11. HPRL

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    Nice SW8. Is that standard paint or did you custom paint? Nice SW8. When I return from Chicago, I will get my decals on my custom SW1200. Nice SW8. I am still going to put a Lenz Mini Gold decoder in my SW1200. Nice SW8. Then I will post a photo of my SW1200.

    Oh! Did I say Nice SW8? Enjoy your investment. :wave:
  12. skipgear

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    That's a stock photo from LL. They offered 2 road numbers in SAL and I think both are still available.