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I should have left well enough alone but instead I tried to dig into a 6-85071 cupola cam caboose to remove the blurry window. Unfortunately when the shell popped off it sliced the ribbon cable to the camera lens half way across. Anyone know where to get a replacement camera lens/ribbon cable? Lionel wants $120 for the whole camera board; hopefully I don't need to wait for the parts sale next October... Thanks

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I found a replacement camera from China for $17 but you had to wait until mid-March for it to arrive. So instead I grabbed this one from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It was the same footprint as the Lionel board and all I had to do was solder the existing power leads in from the caboose. The advantages of the Amazon camera is that it has a battery so the WIFI doesn't interrupt when passing over a dead spot or momentarily turning off the layout. Also, it has a microphone and you can hear click clack and loco sounds because I removed the blurry window allowing the sound in. This board has an SD card slot but I am not sure how that would be helpful here. The biggest advantage is $41 instead of $120 for the Lionel replacement. Hopefully this is helpful for anyone else that accidently shreds their cable taking the shell off.

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