Weekend Photo Fun 22, 23, 24

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  1. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    Hopefully today I'll get the chance to install a decoder that will run this loco and it's B unit.

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  2. chessie4155

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  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Great Photo's.

    Mark I Like That View. :D
  4. cnw1961

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    My favorite engine once again :oops:.

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  5. jeffrey-wimberl

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    I've completed this weeks project. That was to install one decoder to run two locomotives. Here's an account (with photos) of how it was done.

    First, the item on which this is all centered. The decoder to be used.

    This is a standard Bachmann two function decoder. There's nothing special about it. Current capacity: 1 amp. Motor output: 1 amp. Function output: 100 mA.

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    Next are the chassis to be used. Twin Proto 2000 FA chassis. Since they're both identical we'll focus on one. Here the pickup wires have been linked with their identical twins on the other chassis. Now I know somebody out there is going to notice that a red pickup wire is connected to a gray pickup wire. The answer to that is simple. Life-Like used a red wire for the right rail pickup (hot frame). Now here's where it gets interesting. Life-Like, in it's infinite wisdom, used a red wire on the rear truck for left rail pickup and a gray wire on the front truck for left rail pickup.

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    Next, the wires for motor control have been added. Since the decoder will not be powering the headlight (that will be installed later and connected to track power so it's always on) I have elected to install it in the B unit. Here the wires in the A unit have been connected to the wires going to the B unit.

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    In the next photo we see that the wires have been passed through the door windows of the shells. I drilled the windows out a little bigger to insure that the wires can move freely.

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    For those who know that I have a past history of using masking tape here's a photo showing the wire connections wrapped in ELECTRICAL tape.

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    Here we see the decoder taped in place in the rear of the B unit and the red and black wires connected to the pickup wires of both units. This insures good power pickup as the joined units will be collecting power with 16 wheels. The orange and gray wires of the decoder have been connected to the wires linking the motors of both units.

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    Here the two chassis are coupled together as they will be in service. The decoder can be seen taped in place at the rear of the B unit chassis.

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    The shells have been put back on the chassis and the locos have already made several trips around the layout pulling an Athearn F7-A unit and 15 cars through the entire gambit of a crawling slow start at near full stall all the way up to top speed and the decoder didn't even get warm.

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    Here the wires can be seen passing between the two units. Being that they're close-coupled the gap is only a 1/4 of an inch.

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  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    A string of KP&W hoppers rolls over Ulster Ave.
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  7. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Jeffery
    Nice looking loco!

    Chessie4155
    Cool shot!

    Kurt
    Nice loco in a nice setting!

    Jeffery
    Nice job!

    Ralph
    Great looking overpass and weathering on the hopper!
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Down at the cement Distributor we caught a New Haven car being spotted.

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    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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  10. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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  11. Packers#1

    Packers#1 Ultimate Packers Fan

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    I went through yesterday and made some updated pictures of my roster.
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    Playing around w/ the above picture:
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    the fleet together:
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  12. jeffrey-wimberl

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  13. EngineerKyle

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    New images from me;

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  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Close! Its her sister unit 6922....
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    but once the guys at the shop saw your pic Charlie one of them thought about changing the two to a three. :mrgreen:
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  15. doctorwayne

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    Great photo, Ralph! sign1sign1sign1

    Wayne
  16. chessie4155

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  17. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Is that a Proto 2000 GP38-2 I'm seeing there?
  18. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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  19. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Yes sir..it is.. Protos are nice engines but they don't run with anything else very well.. on DC any ways..by themselves or with other Proto units, they run great..