A Way of Controlling Steam Locos

Paul M

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Subtitled: Yet another way of self harm

Today I found a book titled Garden Railways by R.E.Tustin, well worth the £2:99 I paid for it. The idea below was, by all accounts quite successful in controlling a Mr J.R.Birkbeck's steam locos. 20220514_180620.jpg 20220514_180553.jpg
Please note, I take absolutely no responsibility for anyone trying this, although your squirrel problem will be over
 
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Possibly quite a shocking revelation. Is this a proto DCC that led to the digital products we have today, full mains voltage via the rails ? Being a convert to battery I suppose I should get a battery pack out of a Tesla to emulate this method of control......that should galvanize my locos ! Max
 

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Please note, I take absolutely no responsibility for anyone trying this, although your squirrel problem will be over
Something closely akin to this was Maerklin's original method of loco control, if I recall a historical reference in one of their catalogs from decades ago.

Hmmm ... Squirrel!!!
 

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Something closely akin to this was Maerklin's original method of loco control, if I recall a historical reference in one of their catalogs from decades ago.

Hmmm ... Squirrel!!!
Not with 200 volts from your household lighting circuit surely :rofl: I wonder how long it was before the gentleman found the somewhat small disadvantage of his system.
 

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Not with 200 volts from your household lighting circuit surely :rofl: I wonder how long it was before the gentleman found the somewhat small disadvantage of his system.
Maybe he hated squirrels. Or enjoyed fried squirrel nuts.
 

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I still wouldn't like to try it. 200V a prospective short circuit current of in excess of 20KAmps, on a whatever they used for a fuse in those days.....
 

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Again, since the power goes through the light bulb, it is current limited to the wattage of the bulb.

a short circuit would ALWAYS go through the light bulb, in the typical case of 100 watts, would be limited to approx 1/2 amp.

Ohms law please..

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