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I finally successfully completed my battery-operated remote-controlled train project.

The power unit with the wireless receiver, is located in a modified caboose, pulled right behind the engine.
I wired my post-war and MPC NW2 switchers to work with the power unit. Both engines have switches to swap the power feed between the rail pickup and the battery power.
If you are interested in watching a video on how I did it, here is a link to a short video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8RNs3MFPRK4
You can also watch a very short demo of using the e-unit wit the remote (at beginning of my snow-plow video): https://youtu.be/tBRIDFbEkpk

I will use this setup indoors, and outside when weather allows (not leaving it outside), and it is also handy to take it with me, track and all, to events or friends' houses, etc...

Lionel battery operated remote controlled trainModified caboose no. 6257

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@third rail posted:

Real neat. Could you please possibly detail how you went about dead railing the engine? Thanks

Dead railing the engine is fairly simple. Biggest issue was finding a spot for the wire connector, and routing the wire, to the power unit, especially on the 623.
Also need a means of attaching the power pickup switch. In my case, it was easier, since I made a holder for the switches with my 3D printer.
So, on both the 623and 634, I cut the wire from the center rail pickup, and re-directed it to the switch, along with the incoming wire from the battery power unit. And then from the switch out to the engine motor.





Engine schematicsOutside battery power plugs. Lionel 634 and 623



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  • Outside battery power plugs. Lionel 634 and 623: Outside battery power plugs. Lionel 634 and 623
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  • Lionel 623 dead railing: Lionel 623 dead railing
  • Lionel 623 dead railing: Lionel 623 dead railing
  • Lionel 634 dead railing: Lionel 634 dead railing
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  • Lionel 634 dead railing: Lionel 634 dead railing
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