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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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