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?


    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.


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