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Train-tech lighting modules

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What are folks preferred methods of adding coach lighting and/or red tail lamps and lighting to a brake van?

Below is a clip of a Train-Tech AL2 kit I picked up with a hefty discount.  Going to try it on a brake van or a heating van.  Very simple but will only suit models that can easily be opened every few years to replace the batteries.   It has a motion sensor that turns the lights on as soon as rolling stock moves, and switched off again 4 mins after the last movement.

The alternate seems pickups from wagon or bogie wheel axles using springs rather than prosper bronze strips, a bridge rectifier, resistor and a capacitor to avoid any flickering due to single axle pickup (suit DCC or DC).  I'm not keen on the idea of batteries for coach lighting unless I can mount the battery under the coach for easy access rather than opening up.

 

 

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I have used a OO kit from First Class Trains previously which included a rechargeable battery, on/off switch, recharge socket/plug/wiring, copper strip and LEDs/resistors. A red LED lamp could be added to provide a rear lamp to brake ends. You had to buy a transformer which could take 10 coach leads. They now only supply them with wheel pick-ups.

I have thought of using the Train-Tech kits for coach lighting but would prefer an on/off switch (for use when transporting stock - no point them being lit up in their boxes) and ready access to change batteries. No doubt the kit could be bashed to provide these.

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Coach lighting. Train Tech CL2 'Warm White' coach lighting strip installed.  I prefer the warm yellow tint to the modern white/blue tint option. May need to tidy up a little light bleed. I like the low light levels on these units.

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These train tech modules are so simple to install.  I will just do a few coaches for the time being and see how long the batteries last with the motion sensor switching.  I plan to try a DIY version using DCC track power on some cravens.

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Hi Noel

Disconnect the battery unit from the light strip, and install it under the chassis with wires back up to the strip- then you can pop the battery out easier!

A tail lamp can be added to the strips at the end, the dots on the strip are soldering tabs to add additional lights- don't forget the resistor....

Eoin

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1 hour ago, murrayec said:

Hi Noel

Disconnect the battery unit from the light strip, and install it under the chassis with wires back up to the strip- then you can pop the battery out easier!

A tail lamp can be added to the strips at the end, the dots on the strip are soldering tabs to add additional lights- don't forget the resistor....

Eoin

Thanks Eoin.  I had thought of that for future evolutions, and also the future option hooking up the strip to track pickups via bridge rectifier, resistor (16-20v AC to 3v DC) and a capacitor for flicker free operation. Tail lamp should be ok direct onto the strip as it is already a 3v bus. The MM coaches will need a little treatment for light bleed at the roof/side joint and also through the thin roof (i.e. coat of dark paint inside or tape).  I'm pleased though with how the lights look in daylight operation which is what I intended rather than simulated night ops with the room lighting off.  Now that the EGV roof is sorted its time to start some gentle weathering.

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Looks really good Noel.The strip works very well with the tinted windows in the mk2 model, really adds to the effect by diffusing the light slightly.

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