Last week, I decided I hadn’t seen enough of my friend Jim Martin – so I braved the weather and drove to his place near Port Colborne, on the north shore of Lake Erie.
The weather was nice when I set out, although turned foul later in the day. However, a good cup of coffee and some homemade cookies – chocolate chip – took care of that. I spent a couple of hours with Jim, his wife and their daughter, who was in town for a visit – and we had a great, wide-ranging chat about things train-related and otherwise.
The trip reminded me that I have an S scale CNR RS18 that I need to tackle:
Jim has one of these and it’s a solid performer on the S Scale Workshop modules whenever we’re at an exhibition. I’d like to prep mine for use with the modules, too. A quick search through my blog reminds me that this model has been collecting dust on a shelf in my home office for more than two years. It’s time to do something about that.
I’ve been stalled on this project for a couple of reasons, but the big one has been figuring out how to wire it for DCC. The model has some unusual features – including paltry four-wheel pick-up (left rail on one truck, right rail on the other: seriously!) and two motors, back to back, where one would’ve done just fine. I’m not sure what the importer was thinking – except possibly that, like many brass models, it would never turn a wheel.
I’ve proven the importer right on that – at least, for the past two years. But while pondering the model and its problems on the drive home from Jim’s place, I came up with a viable solution that solves both the pick-up and the power issues, while reusing a decoder in my stock that would otherwise be surplus to requirements.
There are a couple of other issues with this model – all cosmetic. I need to decide which ones I can live with, and which ones must be addressed. But in the meantime, it’s time to start planning the decoder installation. Stay tuned!