Railroad Line Forums - Bachmann Porter Dead Rail Conversion
Railroad Line Forums
Username:
Password:
Save Password


Register
Forgot Password?
  Home   Forums   Events Calendar   Sponsors   Support the RRLine   Guestbook   FAQ     Register
Active Topics | Active Polls | Resources | Members | Online Users | Live Chat | Avatar Legend | Search | Statistics
Photo Album | File Lister | File Library
[ Active Members: 5 | Anonymous Members: 0 | Guests: 109 ]  [ Total: 114 ]  [ Newest Member: Bigbandito ]
 All Forums
 Model Railroad Forums
 The On30 Line
 Bachmann Porter Dead Rail Conversion
Previous Page
 New Topic |   New Poll New Poll |   Reply to Topic | 
Author Previous Topic: 4-4-0 Kitbash? Topic Next Topic: Steel rail
Page: of 5

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  3:45:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The batteries arrived. I will create a 5 cell pack tonight.
This should give me 6 volts to run the loco.





Edited by - shadow50 on 01/25/2019 4:07:43 PM

Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 01/25/2019 :  4:11:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a comparison picture of a AAA cell next to this 1/2 AAA.





Edited by - shadow50 on 01/29/2019 2:40:31 PM

Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 01/29/2019 :  2:42:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The space available for the batteries lent itself to go a bit larger. I was able to change from 5 cells at 6 volts to 6 cells at 7.2 volts.

Perhaps a little more oompf on the starting side. Or as Tim Taylor would say, "more power!"

Also here's a little video. "Going off the rails."

https://youtu.be/FYtvosJfm7U



Edited by - shadow50 on 01/30/2019 4:30:56 PM

Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

Bernd
Fireman



Posted - 01/30/2019 :  7:24:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Excellent Mark. Any idea how long the engine will run?

Bernd



Country: USA | Posts: 3114 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 01/31/2019 :  3:53:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bernd, I haven't given it the test to see how long of a run it can go. I will work on that in the near future. Perhaps set up a loop and let it go.

Maybe I will have to visit my old shed where the beginnings of my layout is and just run a train! I will let you know.



Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

kewlbrew
Crew Chief



Posted - 02/06/2019 :  12:04:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit kewlbrew's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mark -

I know of a test track not far from you. :D

-John



Country: USA | Posts: 544 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 02/06/2019 :  11:48:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John, that would be great!

Please contact me when you have some availability, we do need another beer/train meet.



Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 02/19/2019 :  1:04:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Latest on battery life.

So far I haven't had the time to truly run a charge from full to empty. I do believe on my first try I have logged at least 30 minutes on my new 6 cell pack.
Rough calculations seem to indicate I should get about 35-45 minutes on a charge. Does anyone know how much this little Porter engine draws? I figure .5 amp or less.

I will give it a "real" try very soon.



Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 03/12/2019 :  5:35:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Update: I was able to meet up with John aka Kewlbrew, last Saturday and we were able to give the little Porters a run!

"Porters" plural? "Yes," is my answer.

While anticipating a good time to get a time run in, I got interested in wiring my other Porter too.
I had spare batteries due to the fact that when I ordered the 10 from ebay it turned out I received 11 batteries.
Since the first pack was a 6 cell bundle, I decided to make the next pack from the spares.

It took me a week to receive the second receiver, I ordered from www.micronradiocontrol.co.uk.

I would have use stateside On30 guy, but he has a couple of receivers on back order for me as of now.
I thought I would try these guys and see if I could get the receiver sooner and it happened! Perhaps they had the receiver in stock.
It arrived in about 9 days.


The results were interesting.

On the 5 cell Porter, the engine ran non-stop for approximately 30 minutes. We didn't do any maneuvering or freight hauling.
Since I started the 6 cell Porter first and didn't start the timer right away I suspect I got a good 35 minutes from it.

Performance differed slightly from the 5cell and 6cell but as we were simply running a constant speed it didnít really matter.

John's layout, Fever Creek is coming along nicely. It is a nice continuous loop with a challenging 4% grade!
I set the locos at a leisurely scale pace and let them go.

I must say I am very happy with the Del Tang Rc set up. It seems to be reliable and has been no issues so far.
Once in a while a loco may need a little shove to get going, but I have seen that with other systems. Even DCC track power.
I wonder if breaking in a motor properly will help?

Del tang, like others also has settings for starting power, perhaps I will play with that.

Next will be hiding the electronics within the cab. I'm thinking of downloaded cab pictures placed in the window and the back to simulate life within.
A couple of coats of paint and I believe we will be ready to run!

I have a Bachmann Climax that is waiting for the receiver from On30 guy.
I will be sure to post too.




Edited by - shadow50 on 03/12/2019 11:16:56 PM

Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

kewlbrew
Crew Chief



Posted - 03/13/2019 :  01:15:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit kewlbrew's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mark's loco were really fun to watch climbing the grade through terra-foam scenery (aka rough cut, stacked pink foam). Next time around we'll need to put some 18ft shorties behind one and perhaps a combine behind the other to see how much pulling car weight up an eight foot 4% grade impacts battery performance.

-John

Country: USA | Posts: 544 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 03/13/2019 :  1:12:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you once again John! I appreciate the invite. I was so good to get together once again.

Thanks for clarifying the length of the grade, I'm sure that helps inform us how we made the little loco's lug their way up!



Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 03/14/2019 :  12:55:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by shadow50




Second Loco didn't get quite the full treatment before our test run.

It is a challenge to remove battery packs and replace them. Those tiny wires have a habit of breaking at the solder points if they are moved too much.

A better solution is a charge jack.

When looking at the local electronics store, (Fry's in my local area) they don't have the small jack I need.

The above picture is one way around the problem.

I happened to have a couple of these phone chargers laying around. (Why do I keep so much stuff?)

Sorry gang, not sure why my images keep turning 90 degrees to the left.



Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page

shadow50
Section Hand

Posted - 03/14/2019 :  1:07:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


This charger has a very small jack that fits nicely under our Porters.

It is a simple removal from the circuit board and then super glued to the underside of the loco.





Edited by - shadow50 on 03/14/2019 1:09:53 PM

Country: USA | Posts: 74 Go to Top of Page
Page: of 5 Previous Topic: 4-4-0 Kitbash? Topic Next Topic: Steel rail  
 New Topic |   New Poll New Poll |   Reply to Topic | 
Previous Page
Jump To:
Railroad Line Forums © 2000-19 Railroad Line Co. Go To Top Of Page
Steam was generated in 0.36 seconds. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000