adding lights to my G scale Thomas

b-16707 Oct 10, 2018 at 2:19 AM

  1. b-16707

    b-16707 TrainBoard Member

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    Hey folks. Have a G scale thomas that im looking to ready up this year for Christmas running under the tree and was wondering if anyone has advice on how to wire an led if i drilled out portion of the fake light in front. The light in front is just one piece of plastic that I plan to get a large LED that can fit in there and wire it to the internals somehow so it can run off the track power. I've always wondered why bachmann didnt just make that a read light as so many model trains have.

    This is a bachmann g scale thomas: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ysjtDcm3L._SL1020_.jpg. Just using the standard powerpack running in an oval with a siding to park the train when not in use.

    Any ideas on how and where i can wire the led to? and or if this is possible? I may want to do it with the coaches too and wire 5v led strips inside the cabins to get a golden glow inside the coaches. Would placing metal strips that contact and "rub" against the wheels as the train move power such lights? If all else fails I could always wire to a battery and stick it somewhere inconspicuous.
     
  2. BoxcabE50

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    If you tried to use track power, you'd most likely end up with the light flickering.

    I would consider seeking out a company which offers a board for constant (track or battery powered) lighting.
     
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    thanks. would you have any leads on companies that make something like this?
     
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