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Lighting for 6 axle passenger car

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JRP
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Lighting for 6 axle passenger car
Posted by JRP on Monday, July 31, 2023 7:59 PM

Hello, I have a ConCor 6 axle passenger car and have run LED's inside the car with the wiring (positive and negative) run underneath and soldered to brass pick-up's on two of the metal wheels front and rear (there is a resistor soldered to the positive wire). But I'm not sure if I have the correct configuration as the lighting flickers badly.  The wheels are metal with one side of each axle being insulated.  I know the wiring configuration for 2 axle cars but can't seem to figure this out on a 6 axle. Which side do the 3 insulated wheels go?  Are both the positive wire and negative wire lined up the same on each wheel to each truck?  Does this make sense??

Thanks

JRP  

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 12:19 AM

If the lights work, but flicker, that sounds like a poor connection, and not incorrect assembly.

-Kevin

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 9:09 AM

If you don't have any shorts, then you have it wired right.    Sounds to me like a connection problem. Or just a lot of dirt.  I agree with Kevin

 

shane

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Posted by G Paine on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 10:22 AM

You may want to think about adding a Keep Alive capacitor to the circuit

George In Midcoast Maine, 'bout halfway up the Rockland branch 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 11:20 AM

Some of the cars in my eight unit set of Rivarossi heavyweights, with factory installed lighting,would flicker.

Each car only picks up on two axles on each rail. Not really very good.

My solution was to wire seven of the cars in parallel to one another, and remove the lighting from the baggage car.

That solved the problem, but changing the consist is not easy now.

-Kevin

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