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    • July 18, 2011 12:18 AM EDT

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      I have another Thomas here to convert to battery R/C. Before I do the conversion I wanted to show readers how easy it is to do a simple modification to Thomas so he can run on Track Power or Trail Car battery power. Following are three pics of how I would wire Thomas. Take care removing the body from the chassis. Lift the rear up and push forward to disengage the movable eye levers. Then I drilled a suitable hole in the floor of the chassis. Simply reach under the floor to switch from one to the other. The first pic shows how I unsoldered the two sets of pick up wires from the little pcb on the end of the motor. Then I kept them joined together and added an extension for each colour so they could reach the switch. The joins were covered in heat shrink tube. The thicker black parts. The extensions go to one end of the switch.

      Next I added two new wires from the little pcb on the end of the motor to be connected to the centre terminals of the switch.

      This pic shows how I drilled a hole in the rear crossbeam to allow a two wire connector cable to be fed through and up into the loco. These two wires were connected to the other end of the switch.

      Tuck the wires out of the way and refit the body. To make life simple replacing the little levers for the eyes in the slots on the actuating mechanism, I removed the face and taped the eyes in the middle. Then when the body is back on it is much easier to get the levers in the slots. I hope that helps. I will post the battery R/C + MyLocosound conversion later this week.
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    • August 23, 2011 9:17 AM EDT
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      Tony, is that the Bachmann or old Lionel Thomas?
    • August 23, 2011 5:28 PM EDT

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      Hi Terry.
      Bachmann.
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    • August 23, 2011 7:43 PM EDT
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      I want the face!!
    • August 23, 2011 8:54 PM EDT
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      David Russell said:
      I want the face!!
      Son, you could use a new face..... :)
    • August 24, 2011 10:12 AM EDT
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      Knock it off, Rick.
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    • August 24, 2011 10:26 AM EDT
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      Play nice
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    • August 24, 2011 1:15 PM EDT
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      What's the purpose of the board on the motor?
      Just askin............
    • August 24, 2011 5:05 PM EDT

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      It appears to be the same pcb as used on other locos. I suppose Bachmann put it there to comply with European motor suppression requirements. The PnP locos have the same components mounted on the removable plug.

      Some of the early suppression pcb's mounted on the end of the motors had mis wired 47 µf electrolytic caps which must be removed.
      This one can be left in place when using my new Remote Control Systems (RCS) Professional series ESC's.
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    • August 24, 2011 8:15 PM EDT
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      Andy Clarke said:
      David Russell said:
      I want the face!!
      Son, you could use a new face..... :)
      Once again you hurt my feeling's ...please wire some money so I can get out of this jail in Mexico
    • August 25, 2011 4:01 PM EDT
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      David Russell said:
      Andy Clarke said:
      David Russell said:
      I want the face!!
      Son, you could use a new face..... :)
      Once again you hurt my feeling's ...please wire some money so I can get out of this jail in Mexico
      You in Tijuana or Juarez? It makes a difference on the amount of squeeze I havta bring.
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    • August 25, 2011 7:45 PM EDT
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      Hell I don't know Steve ....but if Tony ain't gonna use the face on that loco I would sure like to have it!
      Know of any DC-3's for rent?
      :)
    • August 25, 2011 7:53 PM EDT

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      David me boyo.
      You really need to read properly.;)

      What I wrote was:
      To make life simple replacing the little levers for the eyes in the slots on the actuating mechanism, I removed the face and taped the eyes in the middle.
      Then when the body is back on it is much easier to get the levers in the slots.

      Nowhere did I say I wasn't going to use the face.
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      Tony Walsham

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    • August 25, 2011 7:57 PM EDT
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      LMAO :)

    • August 26, 2011 10:47 AM EDT
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      David;

      Interesting car in your photo. I'm trying to guess it's purpose. I have a) Scales test car, b) explosives carrier, and c) rooster coop. Am I close?

      Thanks,
      David Meashey
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      Dave Meashey said:
      David; Interesting car in your photo. I'm trying to guess it's purpose. ........ Scales test car,
      Yes but it needs a face! ;)
    • August 26, 2011 7:53 PM EDT

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      You could always BUY a Thomas and take the face out.
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      Tony Walsham

      Remote Control Systems. www.rcs-rc.com/
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