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  • #892
    Avatar photoJohn3855
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    I wanted to run my Big Big Trains at a local O gauge club, on their track. But the control over the trains using the standard side switches was not suitable for club running. I decided to try radio control but without wanting to spend a lot of money on something that may not work. In the end I have converted two Blue Flyers, a Ruston and the green 0-6-0 steam engine to radio control by buying radio control toy cars in charity shops and taking out the PCB’s with all the wires etc then just connecting the wires that went to the car motor to the train motor. In all four trains I had to change the voltage to 6 volts to get them to work which was easy in the Blue Flyers but required fitting a AAA battery box in the Ruston and 0-6-0. All four now run at my train club and the motors seem okay with 6 volts. I may now invest in better radio control systems and fit lights and maybe even sound but for now I am very happy with the results for very little money I have (in my mind) updated the Big Big Trains I own to a more modern system. Please let me know any ideas you may have for updating these trains. John

    #897
    Avatar photoDave
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    Hi John,

    Welcome to the forum. Great to hear that you run your trains at a local O gauge club. Must be nice to see them run on a large layout. I also played with the idea to convert one or two locos to RC control. I think the Deltang system is very nice and suitable for this. It can do lighting and even sound! One control unit can control several loco’s. Here’s a good video about this but there are lot more to find on Youtube:

    https://youtu.be/4JojDRCuAdo

    I bought a receiver and transmitter but I haven’t had the time and courage to convert a loco yet. Plan is to convert a RV262 steam loco. The only thing missing is a good fitting battery pack.

    There are several websites about the Deltang system. I think this one is providing lots of info: http://www.rctrains.co.uk

    When I will do my conversion to RC then I will post about it definitely.

    All the best and have fun with your RC Big Big models!

    Cheers,

    Dave

    #901
    Avatar photoDave
    Keymaster

    As an addition to my earlier reply: This is also an exellent video that shows the Deltang system and how it works: https://youtu.be/dvPks5HAfpQ

    Have fun!

    Dave

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    #1013
    Avatar photoMhuk1961
    Participant

    Any chance you can post any photos or wiring details /diagram please.

    Mike

    #1021
    Avatar photoDave
    Keymaster

    Hi Mike,

    I found that the site I mentioned earlier has excellent info.

    This link will take you to the downloads section where you can find lot’s of info in downloadable PDF documents.

    I took this diagram from the basic wiring info (Courtesy RC Trains)

    RC deltang basic wiring - courtesy RC Trains

    #1346
    Avatar photoJohn3855
    Participant

    Hi Folks

    Some time since I last looked on here. I am glad to see some others thinking about radio control.

    I have upgraded my system and now feel I know a lot more than I did when writing my first post. So I will update the post now. First you need to rewire to get 4.8 volts with rechargeable batteries or 6 volts with dry cells. this is easy. On the Blue Flyer the standard wiring gives two + wires at the cab ends and two – wires at the center. You need to link the + wire from one set to the – wire of the other set and then the two wires left are the 4.8/6 volts for the RC system.

    I used two systems after the using the toy car systems. None of them stand out has the best they all work very well but some look better.

    I started with a Flysky set up all from ebay. I used a Flysky FS-GT2E handset (£28) with a Flysky FS-GR3E receiver (£8) and any brushed ESC (electronic speed controller) (£7).

    I put receivers and ESC in six different engines and they all worked very well from a crawl to full speed forwards and backwards.

    I tried a train radio control system from Fosworks using a Omni TX2.0 handset (£64) and Omni receiver (£27) and the ebay ESC (£7) and this works just has well has the Flysky system but looks better and you do not use a trigger to control the train the Omni system uses a rotating knob to set the speed.

    All three systems :- toy car, Flysky and Omni work well it is just up to you what you want to spend.

    John

    #1348
    Avatar photoDave
    Keymaster

    Hi John,

    I will have a look at the Fosworks system.  Thanks for your post.

    Dave

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