Wanted - Suitable "small" trailing car for Otto battery conversion

JimmyB

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Been thinking about converting my Otto to battery for a while, and have bought a number of "box cars", but I feel they are to large in comparison to the Otto. I have looked at the LGB 4135, which seems right, but they only seem to come with sound fitted (which is quite poor (IMHO)). So initially I am after suggestions, however if somebody has something to sell, I will pay a reasonable going price and P&P.
 
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Been thinking about converting my Otto to battery for a while, and have bought a number of "box cars", but I feel they are to large in comparison to the Otto. I have looked at the LGB 4135, which seems right, but they only seem to come with sound fitted (which is quite poor (IMHO)). So initially I am after suggestions, however if somebody has something to sell, I will pay a reasonable going price and P&P.
one of these may be better sized, unfortunately have'nt got one or possibly something from the fieldbahn range

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PhilP

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Why not stuff it all in the loco? :devil:


About halfway through, there is a shot of where the batteries and electronics go..
I have done a similar conversion, but only had a different size/configuration battery pack to hand, at the time..

Though you do end up losing a bit of weight in the loco. - You just can't get enough lead anywhere else!
The weight in the boiler of an Otto is 907 grams! :eek::rolleyes:

I put lead in the sandbox and steam-dome, as well as the tanks. - This being a standard Otto.

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PhilP

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Looks neater before all the wires go in!

'Otto' Batt. + MLS
 
JimmyB

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Andy, looks about right, or as you say fieldlbahn, but just sourcing one is a bit of an issue.

Phil, stuffed loads of extra lead in the Otto to give the pulling power I need, so there is very little room, even for a small LiPo, but I may just re-evaluate that.
 
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The Lgb 4135 you mentioned comes in a range of colours, the green one normally has sound and the brown one is the most common normally without sound

And look at the whole toytrain range or the feldbahn range,

Another option could be the cheap bogie wagons on eBay and cover with a fake load



 
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What is an "Otto", or is the creature actually an "Auto', or automobile of some kind ?
Spelling is important if a person is trying to convey to others, a description of some sort.
 
PhilP

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What is an "Otto", or is the creature actually an "Auto', or automobile of some kind ?
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"Otto" is a 'Toy Train' series LGB 0-4-0 steam outline locomotive.

They tend to be 'simpler' then the "Stainz", which comes in the 'more serious' LGB starter sets.

'Otto' loco


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"Otto" is a 'Toy Train' series LGB 0-4-0 steam outline locomotive.

They tend to be 'simpler' then the "Stainz", which comes in the 'more serious' LGB starter sets.

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Thank you. Not being much interested in LGB anymore; I was not aware of another line of LGB toys.
 
ebay mike

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Been thinking about converting my Otto to battery for a while, and have bought a number of "box cars", but I feel they are to large in comparison to the Otto. I have looked at the LGB 4135, which seems right, but they only seem to come with sound fitted (which is quite poor (IMHO)). So initially I am after suggestions, however if somebody has something to sell, I will pay a reasonable going price and P&P.
You must be sick of me Jim. I had some on my sales stand at the Bressingham show but everything left over went into temporary store elsewhere. Just been and checked out the boxes and came up with this. Any good? I thought I had a similar sized US boxcar but haven't come across it - yet!!!!!!!!!!
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Gizzy

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You must be sick of me Jim. I had some on my sales stand at the Bressingham show but everything left over went into temporary store elsewhere. Just been and checked out the boxes and came up with this. Any good? I thought I had a similar sized US boxcar but haven't come across it - yet!!!!!!!!!!
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If Jimmy doesn't, I'll have it for my Maintenance fleet as a tool van....
 
Madman

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I like using LGB field railway gondolas for a battery trailing car as well as Toy Train boxcars. It's impressive how much stuff can be stuffed into one of LGB's field gondolas.

Here is a stake body car with a cover I fabricated from Plexiglass.


And another using a gondola.

 
Alec K

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I like using LGB field railway gondolas for a battery trailing car as well as Toy Train boxcars. It's impressive how much stuff can be stuffed into one of LGB's field gondolas.

Here is a stake body car with a cover I fabricated from Plexiglass.


And another using a gondola.

The mailbag pickup system in the first video clip was everything my version was not- simple and effective! I used two servos and radio control to lever the bag through a doorway but I could never quite time the servo operation to (a) match the speed of the train or (b) the precise moment needed for collection. Result? The odd derailment and bent collector pole. Yours looks to me to be a guaranteed success!
 
Madman

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The mailbag pickup system in the first video clip was everything my version was not- simple and effective! I used two servos and radio control to lever the bag through a doorway but I could never quite time the servo operation to (a) match the speed of the train or (b) the precise moment needed for collection. Result? The odd derailment and bent collector pole. Yours looks to me to be a guaranteed success!
Thanks Alec. I enjoyed creating the system as I get a kick out of replicating the Lionel post-war type operating items. Here's the video that is supposed to be seen before hand. I wanted it to be one video but at the time, didn't have the knowledge of how to do the editing.

 
Alec K

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Thanks Alec. I enjoyed creating the system as I get a kick out of replicating the Lionel post-war type operating items. Here's the video that is supposed to be seen before hand. I wanted it to be one video but at the time, didn't have the knowledge of how to do the editing.

Brilliant. It's interesting you should mention Lionel as an inspiration - I'm increasingly taken with Hornby 'O' gauge tinplate for much the same reasons. Something to do with building a circuit in the garage, I think.
 
Sean.

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How about a gondola/flat car with a load of crates .. you could hollow out and install what you need ...
 
PhilP

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Or....
Coffee-Stirrers, and build the crate 'bespoke'? :nerd: :think: :(
 
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The toytrain line had a small tender that matches up well with the small engines. LGB 96172 and 96272 Black or green. I even found FRR (not LGB) wheels that had power pickups with brass sleeves bushings.
 
JimmyB

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Dan, nice thought, if only i could find one.