Converting older rivarossi

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by kchronister, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    Has anyone converted Rivarossi steamers or know a site that details it. I have a NYC Hudson I've never taken out of the box, and am coveting a Hiawatha. I have two heislers, but they came with "the plug" ready to just slap a decoder in...

    I wonder how much of a pain it is to convert them. I believe both have tender-pickup (the hudson certainly has a 'wiper' between the tender and loco). Don't know if they have can motors or if motors would need to be isolated.

    I've done conversions of locos with open-frame motors and tender pickup before, but never to the extent of adding all-wheel pickup to them. And, frankly, it's not one of my preferred tasks.

    Basically just wondering if someone else has already 'done it' and has some specifics regarding these exact locos...


  2. hminky

    hminky Member

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