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General Discussion / Re: A question for the electrical wizards.
« Last post by chrispearce on Today at 06:29:07 AM »
I'm not an electrical wizard or a railway professional (so may be completely wrong), but my amateur take is that theoretically it would be possible, but generator vans presumably only provide enough power for heating/lighting/cooking etc. in passenger accommodation. For enough juice to power a locomotive you'd basically need much of the innards of a diesel-electric loco (leaving aside the question of how you get the power to the electric loco other than tying the lead to the pantograph).

In real life, if a electric locomotive needs to be moved somewhere where there are no wires, you'd just put a diesel loco in front.

Thanks railsquid. That is helpful. Surely it must be possible to have a diesel generator that can be plugged into the loco to power it. I am sure those who preserve 3rd rail locos have done it.
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General Discussion / Re: A question for the electrical wizards.
« Last post by chrispearce on Today at 06:26:29 AM »
You have a model locomotive that will only operate from overhead power?

I didn't know there was such a thing!  :hmmm:

No I don't have such a loco. I do have a couple of locos with dummy pantographs but don't wish to install catenary. I was merely wondering if it were possible to create a 'generator van' to 'power' them.
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General Discussion / Re: A question for the electrical wizards.
« Last post by railsquid on Today at 06:16:09 AM »
I'm not an electrical wizard or a railway professional (so may be completely wrong), but my amateur take is that theoretically it would be possible, but generator vans presumably only provide enough power for heating/lighting/cooking etc. in passenger accommodation. For enough juice to power a locomotive you'd basically need much of the innards of a diesel-electric loco (leaving aside the question of how you get the power to the electric loco other than tying the lead to the pantograph).

In real life, if a electric locomotive needs to be moved somewhere where there are no wires, you'd just put a diesel loco in front.



Sunday WCML Drag At Blackrod 1985 by Noted HSG, on Flickr
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General Discussion / Re: A question for the electrical wizards.
« Last post by Bealman on Today at 06:10:12 AM »
You have a model locomotive that will only operate from overhead power?

I didn't know there was such a thing!  :hmmm:
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Dapol Diesel/Electric / Re: Dapol - Class 50
« Last post by crewearpley40 on Today at 05:59:29 AM »
Superb line up . . Please enlghten us. . How did the bogie fall apart?
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General Discussion / A question for the electrical wizards.
« Last post by chrispearce on Today at 05:57:33 AM »
Hello.

Is it possible to power an overhead electric loco from a generator in a towed vehicle? I can't find an answer for this and am considering a layout which doesn't have any catenary but on which I would like to operate some of my overhead electric locos. I am just wondering if having a generator in a van/baggage vehicle behind the loco would, in real life, be able to provide the necessary power?

Many thanks in anticipation.

Chris.
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Layout Construction / Re: Longcroft
« Last post by Bealman on Today at 02:04:29 AM »
Dunno how you'll go fitting point motors at that location.... clearance seems a bit tight  ;)  :beers:
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Layout Construction / Re: Longcroft
« Last post by Trainfish on Today at 01:27:27 AM »
I can't believe my last post on this thread was on Valentines day! Not the fact that it was a night of love (ahem) but that it was 7 months ago! Anyway, not much has changed although the cider has fermented nicely and there have been several purchases including in the past week 2x class 50's and a 66.



I now have a fleet of 4x 50's including my Farish versions with another on the way from the 50 fund.



The major addition to the train room though is the new storage cabinet for my IPA. I picked this up on Freegle for well, free. I'm sure all of my trains will run a lot better now or at least they will appear to do so  :D

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Dapol Diesel/Electric / Re: Dapol - Class 50
« Last post by Trainfish on Today at 01:19:10 AM »
Received 2 of mine the other day and am awaiting 1 from the fifty fund. I had a slight problem with 1 as when I picked it up after test running it 1 of the bogies fell apart. No dramas though, it soon went back together. The only changes I would have liked to see would be a domino headcode and nameplate on 50 043 (Eagle if I remember correctly) as that's how I remember seeing them at Lydeway and various other places in my distant spotting days. The 50's and the original HST were always my favourites.
Here's my small fleet of 4x class 50's and I have to say that in my mind the Farish versions don't look too out of place alongside the Dapol versions to my old eyes.

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General Discussion / Re: Great Model Railway Challenge 2019
« Last post by Bealman on Today at 01:15:06 AM »
All I can say is that I hope I can find working access to the Challenge tonight.... Mrs Bealman will be ensconced in front of the season finale of the Bachelor!  :sick2:
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