A cheap solution

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by WVRR, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. WVRR

    WVRR Member

    Hello all, I am a modeller who's cheap...the cheaper the better. I have some of those "out of the store" trainset powerpacks that I thought should have a better purpose then just sitting in a box. I wired the pack to wall phone outlets and threw a DPDT switch on an AFX slotcar controller, and a phone jack, making a walkaround throttle without much work. The power pack is set to a max speed of a scale 35mph. The DPDT switch on the controller becomes the direction control, and the trigger becomes the throttle. Just thought I might share my idea with others so that dust doesn't collect on something that may be of use.
    Ed Burchell
  2. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    Speed Control?

    Ed:

    Did you know if you add a viriable resistor (POT) you can control the speed of the train? It's very easy to build. I think I have seen the diagrams in Model Railroader books. Check it out. I am also like you, do things cheap! I made most of my signal lights and electronics.

    Andy

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