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Old 06-18-2020, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Folks-
I'm pretty new into the Gauge 1 arena and am just starting to build a small elevated layout in the back yard. My preference is to get into live steam but for now I'd like to start start with a battery operated loco with remote control. After searching the internet I'm discovering there's really not much available so am wondering if I could build one or modify something commonly available.

If any of you have done this or know how to recommend doing it I'm listening.

Looking forward to lots of brilliant suggestions. Thanks-
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https://www.gscalegraphics.net/store...roducts.html#/

My source for R/C.
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Old 06-18-2020, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Totalwrecker-
I just looked at that website and it looks pretty good for the electronics part of my need. I assume that "critter controls" refers to a smaller loco, is that correct? I'll bookmark that page for future use.
Now just need the mechanical parts (i.e. wheels, frame, body, etc) as well as motor. Looking forward to more suggestions.
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If any of you have done this or know how to recommend doing it I'm listening.
Been doing it for years. Always fun not to need track power.

RCS in Australia have some "entry level packages" on this page:
https://www.rcs-rc.com/pages/battery...-package-deals
with a 1-page instruction sheet here:
https://www.rcs-rc.com/store/PDF/Ins...1-CO-Entry.pdf
It is basically a simple handheld transmitter, and a receiver and ESC (electronic speed control.) Connect the battery, plug in the ESC to the receiver, and connect the ESC output to your motor. Done.

I would suggest picking a loco that has a bit of space inside it for your first attempt. Most tender locos have enough room for all the bits, so all you need is a couple of wires (and a plug) between the loco and the tender.

Even better: the exchange rate is now almost 1.5 AU$ to the US$ so the price is right!
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If you want to get started the easy way, then Roundhouse Engineering in the UK make several little diesels with full r/c. The company has a stellar reputation for engineering and service.
http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/


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Thanks Pete, I've seen the Roundhouse locos and they're really nice looking but the price seems way high for a battery powered loco. Am I wrong or is this just a very expensive hobby? Just kidding but this is priced at about an entry level live steam loco it seems. I did check out the RCS website but not being familiar with remote control components am not sure what all the specs really mean. I would assume a 1-channel controller would give you ON or OFF and that's it, a 2-channel would be that plus maybe FWD / REV, etc. but not sure.
So you can see I'm pretty ignorant about these things and need lots of advice, etc. Maybe a martini will help, wadda think?
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Maybe it would be best to decide what loco you want to start with and then decide what system to use. Airwire makes drop in boards for quite a few of the USA locos. And they are commonly available.
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A search of Piko locomotives on the TrainWorld web site revealed three battery with R/C GE 25 ton style locomotives by that manufacturer. These are rather small industrial type units, good for 2 or 3 cars. The two locomotives without the track cleaning feature are $227.99 plus tax and shipping. The locomotive with the track cleaning feature is $239.99 plus tax and shipping. I would recommend looking around at various merchants and comparing prices once you decide what will work for you. At least two sponsors on this site may also have these Piko locomotives.

Best wishes and happy hunting, David Meashey
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Piko is making a system to install that is quite simple and inexpensive. Air Wire and Revolution have made up a large portion of our bottom line for some time.
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If you want to get started the easy way, then Roundhouse Engineering in the UK make several little diesels with full r/c. The company has a stellar reputation for engineering and service.
http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/


Beat me too it, but yes, Rpundhouse battery/RC ready to and very well made.
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