Installing A Train-Tech Tail Light

Every train needs to be complete with a red tail light on the end, so I purchased a Train-Tech AL1  Flashing Tail Light and found a great wagon to install it on, a Bachmann ZTO 20T Brake Van, catalogue number 37-533. This brake van carries the engineers grey and yellow ‘Dutch’ livery, which compliments the wagons used in the shunting puzzle perfectly.

I thought that this would be an easy five minute job to open up the brake van, it wasn’t! The immense amount of detail on these wagons, now means that items such as the handrails are fixed at the body on one end and at the chassis on the other end. With the roof also being fixed as part of the body structure and not wanting to cut away any handrails, as refitting them is never the same once they’re damaged, the last resort was to cut open the underneath of the wagon chassis using a 12 volt mini drill and mini circular saw bit.

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Once the plastic chassis floor was cut away, this revealed the metal weight which was removed and stored in a scrap box.

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The next task was to cut away the body floor of the brake van to get inside. I used the body fixing lugs as a cutting guide to avoid cutting through the brake van body and destroying the model.

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The next task was to cut two holes through the brake van body for the purpose of installing the tiny red LED on the outside veranda, this was achieved using an Archimedes drill.

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The red LED light and the Train-Tech AL1  Flashing Tail Light module was fixed onto the two LED wires inside the brake van and then the outside of the LED was painted white to give the tail lamp a more realistic appearance.

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Installing A Decoder To A Hornby Class 09 Locomotive

The shunting locomotive used on the Inglenook South puzzle is a Hornby class 09 diesel electric locomotive. This example is catalogue number R2801, locomotive number 09019 in Mainline blue livery. A Hornby eight pin decoder was fitted, remembering always to refer to the manufacturer instructions for electrical modifications.

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The locomotive was turned upside down and the body was detached from the chassis by removing four screws.

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This particular example of class 09 locomotive was fitted with Southern Region platform level brake pipes, these must be carefully detached from the chassis at the front and rear of the locomotive.

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Another pipe on the side of the locomotive body needs to be moved away from the chassis to avoid damage to this component.

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Towards the cab end of the locomotive is where the DCC socket is located, seen here fitted with a blanking plate which needs to be lifted up and out. The 1|> symbol is very important as it shows where pin number 1 is located for installation of the decoder.

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As the blanking plate is removed, you can see how pin number 1, shown by the symbol 1|> is orientated.

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Now the decoder can be introduced and installed in the eight pin socket, observing that a very tiny number 1 is printed on the circuit board to help orient the decoder the correct way around. The orange wire (normally pin 1) also helps identify the same.

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The decoder is now pushed home into the circuit board, with both number 1 symbols matching in the correct corner of the socket.

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Space is restricted in a locomotive such as the class 09, however some was available towards the end of the locomotive chassis, where the decoder circuit is held in position with some sticky pads. This location appears to be a few millimetres clear of any body shell plastic so any heat created by the circuit boards shouldn’t impact on the body shell structure.

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The body is then reunited with the locomotive chassis, with any body shell pipes refitted and chassis screws returned then tightened, before testing on the track.

Layout Construction – Lineside Equipment

The line side equipment placed on the diorama is from two different manufactures. The relay cabinets in dark grey, are from the Wills Kits range, product codes SS85 (set 1) and SS88 (set 2). The structures in the lighter shade of grey are AWS cabinets from the Hornby R8675 Skaledale 00 Gauge Modern Lineside building and AWS Box Set

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