Dead Rail - The wave of the future?

c.sam posted:

As far as charging large locomotives like the Big Boy or any other for that matter, couldn't you have a powered siding or two where your locos could be parked and be charging at all times (trickle or a fast charge rate user selectable) and not need to be opened up or handled unless a battery change is necessary?

It's good to see some forward thinking around here.

MELGAR

c.sam posted:

As far as charging large locomotives like the Big Boy or any other for that matter, couldn't you have a powered siding or two where your locos could be parked and be charging at all times (trickle or a fast charge rate user selectable) and not need to be opened up or handled unless a battery change is necessary?

Sure, or possibly inductive charging as technology improves.

Still, feature sets, functionality and reliability of battery power all will have to greatly exceed current wired technologies at competative costs before I would begin considering a forklift upgrade of my current environment.

John

necrails posted:

I spoke with someone at the last Edison NJ Greensburg show.  He was running a mth cnj gp 9 using Airwire.  I looked it up after the show and found the cost per loco for conversion far too high for me.  I'll stick with my fleet of TMCC and ERR conversions since I already gave the layout built and wired.

Until you can afford to convert all the locos you want to keep, one option would be to put the decoder in a boxcar or trailing car.  Then all you would have to do is add a discreet tether to each loco you want to run, along with a DPDT switch.  (This approach also solves the issue of how to get the signal into a metal tender shell. ) When you're not using the Airwire R/C, you could tuck the tether back inside the body.

I've seen both of the major proprietary systems struggle on large layouts, and with certain track arrangements (i.e., closely spaced yard tracks, over & under, wire mesh tunnels, etc.)  I happen to like the Airwire controller, and R/C direct to the loco has a lot of advantages.

Creep, coast, and pull.  We're not talking about cold fusion here.

Information I have been given indicates you could actually charge it while running. The benefit is that a locomotive that might run an hour and a half on a charge could run 2 hours or more. The juice running through the track would not have to be the quality of continuous continuity we now need; it just needs to be consistent enough to keep the charge going. 

 

Over time I have warmed up to the idea of BP but it isn’t for me. The main advantage of BP is not having to wire the track or clean the track and have trains that never stall. The problem is if you at least 1 locomotive that runs on track power that you have kept for sentimental or any other reason you then need to wire track. This negates the main advantage of battery power. Hey someday when BP is sold installed in our locomotives I probably will buy one but for right now with almost 20 DCC equipped locomotives there is no way I can convert. 

Phil

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