Mini cam in a "See" Liner

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I received a mini videocam for Christmas and have installed it in the chassis of an old AHM dummy C Liner. I have two shells for it. One I painted as PC loco although I couldn't find any info on NYC or Pennsey C Liners surviving the merger.

    Here's the PC camera cab with the hole drilled out in front to accommodate the lens.


    I painted the other shell for my freelanced road so I can get an engineer's eye view running either road on my layout


    I wish the picture was more clear but the camera is in the nose of the chassis while the AHM body neatly accommodated the battery and cable. I had to build up some plastic shims in the nose to hold the camera firmly in place.


    Here is the set up with an old TV next to my nearly life size model of an EMD drum style control stand. The stand contains an MRC power pack that lets me run a loco in a near prototypic fashion. The minicam and the TV now provide the closest thing to a view out the cab window! The TV is currently perched on an old kitchen cart that I plan to paint gray and add more industrial features to blend it with the control stand.


    Here's a closer view of the TV image. Its so cool to see my HO scale trains look HUGE on camera!


    What fun!
  2. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    so wheres the video?
  3. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Yes where is the video? looks like it is fun.
  4. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Ralph: that is so cool! Looking forward to some videos ...What an awsum set up..:thumb:
  5. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Must see VIDEO!!!

    That is pretty neat. If I had the cash, I'd being doing stuff like this. LOL! :mrgreen:
  6. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    That is slick...I would like to see more of the "command center"......
  7. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Wow Ralph, you take modeling to the NEXT LEVEL! Not only do you have scale trains, but you seem to now be trying to make a 1:1 scale control system!sign1 The next thing you'll probably do is start turning your house into various train cars...:rolleyes::mrgreen::p
  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Sorry guys! I don't have a video camera but i might have a friend who does and perhaps can someday come over and record a trip around the layout for me.

    I can show you a couple of photos of the control stand. Here's the model of the drum with working throttle and reverser. The model of the locomotive brake is hooked up to a can of compressed air and makes an air hiss when you move the handle. Visiting kids love it. The large toggle switch to the right controls a continuous loop tape of a train bell when activated. You can see a photo of an F unit cab interior next to my Atlas selector switches that was the inspiration for this project.

    Here's a shot of the very simple mechanical "guts" that make the control stand work. The thick dowel has a cap from a detergent bottle screwed onto the bottom of it that rests perfectly n the knob of the power pack. The upper part of the dowel has a hole drilled through it that accommodates the throttle handle I move to run the train. The reversing button on the power pack is moved back and forth by the stairway spindle on a hinge. A small block of wood under the spindle has a hole drilled into it that fits over the slide switch on the power pack. Cheap but effective technology.
  9. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    Ralph, that is waaayyy B-B-BAD TO THE BONE!! :thumb:
  10. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Awww...that took the mystery right out of it! It would have been cooler if you had said something like how it took you forever to fabricate the stand get the internals to work with scale trains. A good blood sweat and tears story...LOL!!!
  11. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Ralph if those rca plugs going into the front of your tv are from the camera feed you could plug them into a video capture card in your pc.
  12. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Hmmmmmm, I'll look into that!
  13. Go Big1

    Go Big1 Member

    Ralph, that setup is WAAAYY COOL! Nicely done.
  14. roch

    roch Member

    :thumb: That is just way too cool. :killer: Or like some kids might say................PHATT.............:wink:
  15. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    Awesome. I was impressed with the video camera, and then was floored by the control stand. Very nice.
  16. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    "Honey...Have you seen that stairway spindle I bought to replace the broken one?"
    "No dear....I haven't"(snicker....snicker)

    Great job Ralph!
  17. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    ...that is one of the cleverest...

    Do you know you're now gonna need a video mixing generator so we can watch you driving the train!!! I betcha didn't know that.

    Absolutely outstanding. Thank you for enjoying yourself the way ya do. Brilliant.


    (P.S. We need a green with envy ICON)
  18. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    They didn't. Most roads withdrew their C-Liners in the mid-to-late 60s. The only road I know of that had them later is CP (to 1975).
  19. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Ok, how about Ralph says that one "C" liner ended up in a deadline, and a sharp drop in availiable power forced said C liner back into service for the PC. Afterwards, said C liner was allocated to a paticular section of the PC, the section Ralph models.
  20. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Ralph: Thanks for posting the interior shots of your control stand..I was wondering how you did it..Well Done!

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