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Constant current lighting for model trains

I had a lot of old style passenger carriers in my HO collection and i wanted to add LED lighting to them. So i quickly threw in a Schottky diode bridge, followed by a 470uf capacitor to convert the pulsing

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Complete remotoring of kleinbahn krokodil loco

I recently came across KleinBahn locomotives on Ebay. Never heard of them until then. Apparently they are a small local model train seller in Austria that makes Austrian/German? model trains. The general consensus was that the locos are good, but

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Roco BR118 remotoring + dcc

This documents my re-motoring and DCC mod of my Roco BR118 loco. This was an older loco that came with a great Roco motor. However there were 2 issues. 1: The motor’s stall current was about 1amp 2: The loco

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Beware of Dcc capacitive effects

Dcc is not dc. It is a switched bipolar dc. Switching frequency being in the khz range. I have a beautiful mehano locomotive that i wanted to convert to dcc. It had great led lighting and a good motor. During

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Fleischmann diesel switcher remotoring and dcc mod

Here’s a great little Diesel switcher loco from Fleischmann. Got it for a great deal on E-Bay. The Quarter along with the loco gives you a perspective of the size of  the loco. This is an old loco (probably 60’s).

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Piko steam loco with dcc decoder + supercaps

A DCC mod project on an old Piko Steam loco. This little loco had really nice running characteristics even without a flywheel and so i thought it would be great to add a dcc decoder. And since it had some

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Roco electric switcher dcc + supercap mod

A beautiful DC switcher locomotive from Roco. Great die-cast body and detailing. I added the ESU basic DCC decoder along with the supercap module shown below at the rear of the locomotive. The black slue you see where the driver

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