Tagged With "headlight"

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One addition to my GP30 post...

Steven Michael ·
A couple weeks ago, I posted about how to rewire a pair of Williams GP30s to run together. I made one mistake in that though. At the time I posted it, I had not yet rewired the headlights. For the second engine, I said to take the wires from the rear headlight and run them to the front. This is not correct. All you have to do is switch the yellow and blue wires at the front of the second engine. Don't worry about taking the back ones and rerouting them to the front.  There must be some...
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Williams GP30 Work

Steven Michael ·
About a year ago, my dad purchased two Williams UP GP30s, and I have been enjoying them immensely. They have great detail, accurate graphics, and best of all, they sound AMAZING. I recently did some electronic work on these units, and that is what I am sharing today. The first thing I did was reverse the direction of one unit. This was done simply by reversing the blue and yellow wires that go to the motors. This unit is now devoted to the back of the two-unit consist. The next step was to...
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Amtrak Genesis Headlights

Former Member ·
I noticed on some Amtrak Genesis units, especially my favorite, #37 (which serves the Wolverine mostly), the primary headlights are in a space that looks like rounded, but on other ones, like #180 (no idea which one this serves), has a pentagon-like shape. Why is this?
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Headlight failure

Miguelito ·
I have a Legacy GP7 in beautiful GN livery. The headlight and front markers no longer function and Lionel no longer makes a replacement harness. Running without a headlight is bothersome. Any suggestions?
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Headlight Fried?

ogauge1217 ·
A problem popped up while I was running my Lionel 6-18046 Wabash Hudson. I saw that smoke was eminating from the cab, and now the headlight from the engine will not turn on. I was wondering if someone could help me identify if the board for the headlight is fried and if so, how I would possibly get it fixed. Thanks in advance. PS: Everything else (Railsounds, Motor, Etc. works fine).
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Source for New Haven style Headlight

VALE40 ·
Good Evening folks, Does anyone happen to know where I would be able to source a New Haven style headlight (the Weaver I-4 I have has a beautiful one, but since Weaver is no more that appears to be a dead end)? Ideally, something with the mounts and the ability to accept an LED would be ideal. I'm asking because I'm looking to convert one of my MTH Light Mikados into a semi J-Class New Haven Mikado. Thanks!
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Headlight out, MTH Alco RS-1

AbuelO_gauge ·
Just bought a new MTH Alco RS-1 (30-20384-1) and has been running perfectly until 2 days ago when front headlight stopped working. The rear headlight works normally when I put loco in reverse. When running in reverse, the headlight on-off switch in the DCS app will turn the rear headlight on and off normally. All other functions, sounds, and lights (number board) are normal. Odometer 21 scale miles Chronometer 6 hours Other locos on layout have normal headlight functioning. I did a feature...
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Lionel 385E Headlight lenses

Daddy-O ·
Hi, this is my first post here. I recently bought a 385E. I've seen some with upper headlight lenses installed. Anyone know of a source? I've looked on-line without success. I'm attaching a photo of one with green lenses. Clear would be fine too. Thanks!
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Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
Hey guys! I just picked up a powered and dummy set of the Reading and Northern Sd50s with PS3. I run it in conventional which was going fine until the front lights on the dummy unit (20-20182-3) went out but the back one still works. The front light was working fine then just shut off:( I’m pretty sure it’s an LED so I’m not sure what’s going on. I reset it to factory default and still nothing. I have both lights turned off now so it’s not a big deal but it’s way to new to have an issue like...
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Power source for my Berkshire Bug lights!!!!!!!!

Former Member ·
I have just finished installing lights in my Berkshire boiler face green bug lights,,,,,,easy to do....but now its time to connect to a power source. I tried to piggyback to headlight wires but only causes the headlight to go dark... I guess to much load with the 1.5 volt lights. I then searched the board for another power source and found the same problem again. I do have 12v to 1.5 convert module but I would need to connect it to track voltage which will be 16 volts plus /////// does...
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Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

RetroMikado ·
Hello All! I have owned this Postwar 675 for quite awhile now, and recently I have noticed something strange about it. While it seems original in every way, it has a different headlight from every other postwar 675 I've seen! The headlight on my engine seems to look far more realistic (and yes, it is functional) than the original Lionel one seen on most 675 engines. My question is...what is this boiler front? Was this done by Lionel? It appears to be a real postwar 675 boiler front, so where...
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WTB: Green Bay Western Railroadiana

GBW man ·
Hello All: We are avid collectors of Green Bay Western artifacts and related railroad items. Want to Buy items from the: Green Bay & Western, Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western, Ahnapee & Western, Iola & Northern Railroad Co, Ettrick & Northern, Ettrick Railroad Company, Jones Lumber & Mercantile Co, Waupaca-Green Bay Railway, Green Bay, Winona and St. Paul Railway, Green Bay, Stevens Point and Northern, Green Bay and Lake Pepin Railway, Western Refrigerator Line, Winona...
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HELP!!! Need Part for Zephyr Headlight!!

kennyb ·
Hello Everyone!! I need to know the part# ,or if anyone can get me 1 of the Headlight Covers for an Early Protosound 2.0 5 volt board Pioneer Zephyr. There is no info for this model on the website,so I need your guys wisdom on this. The cover is the same as the one on the rear of the engine,it is just turned upside down for the front Headlight. I also need to know the part number to ask Midge for the actual bulbs or lamps that light the Headlight,as they are blown out. I can actually see...
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Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

NBGT ·
Hello, I’m installing a Super Chuffer and I’d like to drive two green LED marker lights off the headlight circuit along with the headlight. The super chuffer instructions say the circuit is rated for one white LED at 3V. I’m curious to know if this circuit could handle the extra load of two 2mm green LEDs wired in parallel with one warm white 3mm led? Would any resistors in series be needed to limit the current? Thank you!
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Trying to find a replacement Lionel incandescent bulb

Jimthetrainfan ·
I know this is a stretch, but I am looking for a bulb to replace one I broke. It is the main headlight for the 844 6-11116. Lionel is out of them and I need a replacement. If anyone has one or knows where I can get one, please let me know
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Constant Lighting problems

LOS ·
After installing a constant lighting circut in an Overland or Sunset steam engine either the bulb or one of the components will burn out. Also these units all have PFM sound, the headlamp will vary intensity with the chuff. Am I doing something wrong on the install or can it be the PFM sound? Thanks for your help in advance LOS
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SD-9 Headlight Lenses?

CCTSteam ·
Hello - been browsing the forums here for awhile since I'm newly getting into O-scale, having primarily done HO scale in the past. One of my recent acquisitions has been a used CB&Q SD-9, item number 20-2111-1. The unit has been modified by the previous owner(s) so that the dual headlight lenses in both the front and rear were removed... I'd really like to put the lenses back in though. As luck would have it I also have a dummy CB&Q SD-9 item number 30-2872-3 that still has the...
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MTH CTA Spam Cans, Headlights & Markers

Rapid Transit Holmes ·
I received my first set of MTH CTA Spam Cans (6000 series cars), today, and I'm quite pleased with the overall package. Its a Rail King set but the quality is the equal of a Premier set, except for the few details listed above. This is my first entry into the world of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), save for infrequent trips made on the 1:1 when the Spam Cans were in their heyday. A visit the CTA website was instructive for an old railroad guy:...
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Atlas O SW8/9 dim headlights

geysergazer ·
Help, help, good people! Directional headlight outputs are from the Dallee sound/reverse board. The headlights are very dim at the track voltage necessary for low speed operation but the brightness does vary with track voltage. Anyone have an idea as to how I can get decent headlight brightness? A simple LED with a resistor in series? I don't want to have to do too much experimentation because getting at the rear headlight involves the non-trivial exercise of removing the cab and then the...
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Re: Power source for my Berkshire Bug lights!!!!!!!!

Martin Derouin ·
Are these LED lights??? Did you try reversing the wires??? Marty
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

mikey ·
I don't Believe that 675s came with four wheel rear trucks and I have never seen that boiler front.Does that engine have magnetraction,that wheel type might be from 1952. Mikey
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

Rusty Traque ·
It's not Lionel's doing. It appears the original owner removed (cut, ground, filed) the original headlight off and put another one on. Probably either a Lobaugh or All-Nation part. Rusty
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

RetroMikado ·
Apart From the Boilerfront, I believe she is all original. This is a G-Variant engine, to quote from Tandem-Associates website "This variation was issued in 1952, during the Korean War, and does not have Magnetraction. Nor does it have the "Baldwin Disc" driving wheels that were on the previous issues. The main driving wheels are spoked, there is a four wheeled stamped sheet metal trailing truck, and it came with a No. 2046W tender that had bar-end trucks with one magnetic coupler. This...
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

RetroMikado ·
That makes sense! Frankly, whoever did it, I'm glad they did! I LOVE the look of it. Looks so much more like a real K4. Thank you for your input! Hopefully some other forum members can confirm this hypothesis
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

bmoran4 ·
The boiler looks like it may be an after market boiler available through Olsen's Toy Train Parts: http://pictures.olsenstoy.com/...bin150/Page0021.html See part 675gf-EB contrasted to 675-14d-EB and 675-14GK-EB
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

Eddie Marra ·
That's not the original headlight. Definitely a separately-bought detail part and then attached to it. The closeup shots you have confirm that - Lionel's original had a much "neater" look to it where the headlight is, since it was a single casting. This one was attached after the original had been removed.
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

Rusty Traque ·
I think we have a winner. Rusty
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Re: Mystery Postwar 675 Boilerfront

RetroMikado ·
Yep! There it is! Thanks for your help everyone! Mystery Solved
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

John H ·
Didn't know you could reset a dummy. Check for voltage at the plug first.
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Arthur P. Bloom ·
"Do you have a digital voltmeter?"
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
You probably can’t, I just did the sequence anyway lol
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
Oh probably somewhere!
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

D500 ·
Well, how about opening the loco and perusing the wires and snugging up the connections? Just sayin'. You don't even need a voltmeter for that. Just a screwdriver. Really.
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
Everything seems tight and all wires look good
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
I did notice that the large odd silver metal thing on the left is hot and the one on the right is not...
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

gunrunnerjohn ·
You likely have a short in the wiring to the light(s), or the 6V power module with the hot heatsink is defective.
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Re: Dummy unit headlight not working

Jack118711 ·
Well it randomly came back on and has not turned off yet!
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

astarr ·
Hi, I see you haven't gotten alot of ideas so far. What are you using for a headlight? Bulb? What voltage? LED? Is this a commercial board you are using? I have no experience with PFM sound. Is there a way to turn off or disconnect the sound to see if you still get the pulsing ?
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

gunrunnerjohn ·
Perhaps if you specified specifically what constant lighting circuit and bulb you're using, that would help.
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

LOS ·
This was installed in a O Scale USRA Mikado, it was a comercial board with an LED headlight. The Headlight was very bright, it pulsed with every chuff and made it about 50 feet when the headlight popped and smoked. A friend wrote down what he had used for years i tried that it still pulsed and after a couple hours that bulb 1.5v had exspired as well. The manufacturer of the first board said that should not have happened and offered to make it good. Didn't want to try another. Said it may be...
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

gunrunnerjohn ·
I'm presuming this is a 2-rail application, right? Driving an LED from from a varied AC or DC source is actually pretty easy, and there's no reason you should blow them up! Here's the circuit that is used in my passenger car lighting module, it's a constant current design that will take AC or DC and power one or many LED's, depending on how bright you want them. For a single LED, you could make an even simpler circuit to power it. FWIW, I can't imagine how the sound system had anything to do...
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

astarr ·
Id still opt for trying the board without the sound system. PFM sound is pretty old technology isn't it?
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

astarr ·
Id still opt for trying the board without the sound system. PFM sound is pretty old technology isn't it?
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

Rob Johnston ·
GRJ, I take it the 22 ohm inductor is for TVS? As to the capacitor, which I assume is in place as a filter, any rule of hand for capacity, I have seen everything from 100uF to 1000uf used for filtering the outpu of a rectifier and never any explination. Typically I just use what's on hand more often than not 100uF followed by a ceramic at 1uf believing that the combination cuts both the high and the low. So, am I smoking crack?
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Re: Constant Lighting problems

gunrunnerjohn ·
Actually, it's a 22uh choke for DCS compatibility. If you'll never run MTH DCS, it's not necessary. The size of the filter capacitor is directly related to the current you'll draw and/or the amount of hold-up time you want for power interruptions. In the case of my lighting circuit, the capacitor is sized to kill flicker from anything for significant track power interrupts as the circuit maxes out at around 45ma. The circuit above is a constant current design that allows smooth adjustment of...
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Re: Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

gunrunnerjohn ·
Not a good idea, you will need a buffer for extra lights. I drive the single LED with PWM directly from the PIC processor output, you don't want to overload those. You could probably do something similar to what I do for buffering the TMCC serial data and drive the extra lights off that. For a couple of marker LED's, you can use something like this. The Headlight from S-C comes from the positive side of the S-C headlight. The 5V from S-C comes from the S-C 5V supply. The Marker LED's are...
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Re: Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

NBGT ·
Thanks, John. Would a better method be to split the headlight input before it goes into the Super Chuffer and power the marker light LEDs from there (I’d need to put in a diode and resistor appropriate for the LEDs)? What do you consider best practice for powering marker lights? Thanks!
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Re: Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

gunrunnerjohn ·
That's probably a better way, a 470 or larger resistor, and put the positive side of the string to frame ground as the TMCC headlight output is negative.
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Re: Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

Don McCullum ·
John, this circuit you use looks perfect for my application, however I am using pin #9 for smoke motor power, and pin #10 for the chuff generator. Can one of these be shared for the headlight circuit described? Thanks Don
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Re: Super Chuffer Headlight Circuit

gunrunnerjohn ·
Don, the S-C-II changed the function of pin-9, so it would no longer be used for 5V. Just paralleling from pin-10 will give you the 5V for that circuit. Be careful not to use too much power from the S-C, market lights are fine, but more than about 40-50ma should be avoided, the power module has limited capacity.
 
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