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    • December 6, 2019 7:22 AM EST
    • While the motor block has the front wheel driven by the rear axle/gear, one must remember the single small plastic axle gear takes all the motor force to drive the engine and cars behind it.  I have seen many failures of this rear axle gear.

    • December 5, 2019 9:11 AM EST
    • The motor only drives the rear axle.

      Well yes, but there are connecting rods driving the front axle.  However, I take your point - it is cute but not the most powerful device on the rails!  I'll restrict it to the gons that don't have heavy paver loads.

       

    • December 5, 2019 7:45 AM EST
    • Be very careful about how much weight your are pulling with that LGB  drive system.  The motor only drives the rear axle.  I limit my chloe to 3 frr cars max which have passengers and LGB frr wheel sets.  I use LGB metal wheels as these are rims of metal and are not very heavy.

    • December 4, 2019 6:18 PM EST
    • Well, the sound boxcar was disposed of, so back to work on the LGB20140.  First order of business was to finish the chassis wiring.  As the whole chassis comes apart very easily, I opted to put a DPDT slide switch inside over the front pcb where there is plentyof room.  On this pic you can see the back of it.  The feed from the tender then passes along the top, with a couple of judicious slots cut in the chassis.  The biggest squeeze was in the middle, over the metal crossbar, where it snugs up to the body.  I filed as much as I could with the dremel, and even sanded down the wires!

       

       

      After that, it was pretty easy to close it all up and paint the wires where they exit.  I did re-route the speaker wires closer to the chassis to make them less visible, which meant taking the coal box off and drilling a new hole.  So here's the motor and the speaker feed.

       

       

      Then back to the gondola. I fitted another slide switch in a corner but it is over the crossbar of the underframe and I think it will have to go somewhere else.  The battery pack takes up plenty of room so I was reluctant to fit it in the middle.  And there is nowhere to put the charging jack in the gon as the underside is completely obstructed by wheels, crossbars, etc.  So I carved a space in the underside bar and fit the charging socket sideways with a metal clamp to hold it in place.

       

       

      Here's the side view. I doubt it will be visible once the gon is on the track.

       

       

      Finally, the wiring was all connected.  The battery attaches to the charging jack, which has an integral switch to disconnect the electronics when charging, via the barrier strip in the bottom left corner.  The battery feed then goes to the slide switch and back to another barrier strip where the Electronic Speed Control will be connected, and the output of that will go to the motor.  I put an LED across that to tell me when I have power turned on.

       

       

      Still got to fit the ESC and the sound card, when they turn up in the mail from RCS.  Probably it will need a clamp to stop the battery pack from falling out when the gon derails.

    • December 5, 2019 12:03 PM EST
    • Rooster ' said:

      That's great Tommy .....but now I wanna know what has the horses all stirred up ?

       

      Well the side of the Horse car is lettered 

       

      ATTENTION!

      LIVE WILD

      HORSES

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • December 4, 2019 8:14 PM EST
    • That's great Tommy .....but now I wanna know what has the horses all stirred up ?

    • December 4, 2019 2:55 PM EST
    • Took a little time to figure how to do videos.  Thanks for the messages and instructions.

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • December 4, 2019 1:39 PM EST
    • Ah yea, now I hear it..................

       

    • December 4, 2019 11:57 AM EST
    • Put your ear to the screen.... doh!

    • December 4, 2019 8:11 AM EST
    • Funny I'm not hearing anything ....

    • December 4, 2019 1:09 AM EST
    • Thanks everyone.  Sound card is finished and the car sounds like horses.  Added the 8x1.5 12v battery pack.  Replaced the reed switch with a mini toggle switch.  Battery pack has an on/off switch and the toggle switch activates the sound.

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • December 1, 2019 7:08 AM EST
    • Since I am DCC I would use the LM7809 and super caps to power a sound unit, and use a current limiting resistor and diode in the charging circuit.  This can work for track power DC users also.

       

    • November 30, 2019 1:38 PM EST
    • Put the sound card in with a reed switch to for the trigger.  It sounds great!!!!  But we have a minor problem.  A brand new 9 volt battery works for awhile.  But there is not enough volts to keep running the card. 

       

      I will be replacing the 9 volt battery with a 8x1.5 12v battery pack next week.

       

       

      Tommy

      Rio Gracie

    • December 2, 2019 4:08 PM EST
    •  

      Yes, I know I'm twisted, who ever heard of driving a Steam Locomotive with a Diesel control stand, eh?  But it actually works pretty well.

      Some more info and videos on my page.

      http://martinsant.net/?p=4232

       

       

       

    • December 1, 2019 6:55 PM EST
    • good

    • December 1, 2019 4:28 PM EST
    • Dan Pierce said:

      Your 'real' LGB sound car appears to have a replacement speaker in it.  None of my LGB sound cars have a speaker that tall.

      Dan, I/we concluded it isn't a "real" LGB sound car.  The sound card is an after-market addition, as is the speaker and hole in the floor. Someone converted it.
      Anyway, it is now sold so I can move on.

    • December 1, 2019 7:02 AM EST
    • Your 'real' LGB sound car appears to have a replacement speaker in it.  None of my LGB sound cars have a speaker that tall.

    • November 30, 2019 12:02 PM EST
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Not sure about the sound board as I only saw 1 picture but it certainly doesn't look like an LGB board and the whistle trigger looks just like the ones that Starr electronics used in their sound systems

      (This is an LGB 4034.) In the interests of completeness, here's the interior.  I am happy to believe it's an after-market addition.  The stand-offs for the board are balsa (!) and there's a rubber cabinet stop on top of the speaker magnet for it to sit on. Green volume pot is at the bottom right, white chuff pot is along the top just right of center.

      I also added photos from a recent FB listing of a "real" LGB sound car, for comparison.

    • November 30, 2019 8:01 AM EST
    • The 4036 is LGB and never had sound.  LGB has a molded grill in all their sound cars, this one has a hollowed out circle/no grill.

      Also all the older car sounds (not engines)  I have seen by LGB has Eproms. 

      Ones without the Eproms are usually Digital (DCC) and not advertised as such, the Blue Chicken dance car is one example of a DCC sound car, the Red Chicken dance is DC only.

       

      Greg, as always feel free to add any info I give to your web site,and this goes for others and their web sites for all my postings.

       

    • November 29, 2019 2:28 PM EST
    • Not sure about the sound board as I only saw 1 picture but it certainly doesn't look like an LGB board and the whistle trigger looks just like the ones that Starr electronics used in their sound systems