- 16 Apr 2020
Desperately looking to source out of the box battery powered American style locos and rolling stock. Railway will be too far from mains power
Hm good luck with that. Only ones I know of were cheepo Chinese ones available here and there. Think you may need to get on board with the tech and do it yourself. Plenty of help in the Battery Forum on here, even a supplier in your neck of the woods has been posting a new product in the last day or so in here. Finally get in touch with Gregh who has done a lot of posts on here, he is exclusively Battery so far as I know and has converted all sorts of things, some originally US outline.Desperately looking to source out of the box battery powered American style locos and rolling stock. Railway will be too far from mains power
Piko's little track cleaner is probably the only 'out of the box' US outline.
However, it may be worth asking questions about how far away from mains power is 'too far'?
How many battery packs = 1 reel of cable ?
That was who I was thinking of, glad someone can remember names!The now ubiquitous Bachmann 4-6-0 Big Hauler (in its later form aka Annie) was made as a battery powered R/C loco in its early days. but these will be very old now. You might want to try Tony Walsham on this forum, based in NSW, he has a business specialising in battery/RC for garden railway kit Remote Control Systems - Home . Perhaps he can come up with a simple to install "universal" package to fit to existing track powered product you can buy and convert.
The Bachmann brand will probably garner the greatest range of suitable US outline steam locos, new and 2nd hand, if you are looking for the larger scales (1:20.3) suitable for 45 mm track work. They tend to offer good value and there is a reliable trader, who ships around the world, on Ebay that has some NIB stuff of theirs at very decent prices. At the more expensive end are the Accucraft products, which are fairly simple to convert.
There are other makes in various scales ranging from 1:32 - 1:22.5, e.g. LGB, Piko, USA Trains, Aristocraft, MTH, that will offer suitable subjects for battery conversion to run on 45 mm. The ones I have mentioned are the ones I know and are the most numerous. Max
What happened to the plug-n-play "standard" socket? As far as I know you can still buy a plug-in board that fits in a suitably equipped loco. Then you just connect a battery and away you go. [If only life were so easy . . ]All Aristocraft diesel locomotives, excepting the Egg Liners and Centre Cabs, that were produced after 2005 have the connectors and switch to allow either track or battery power.
What happened to the plug-n-play "standard" socket? As far as I know you can still buy a plug-in board that fits in a suitably equipped loco. Then you just connect a battery and away you go. [If only life were so easy . . ]
Another option is the trailing car conversion. Add battery and receiver to a generic boxcar and plug it in to any loco.