Building Frisco Caboose #777

Discussion in 'Cabooses' started by Jim James, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks, Guys, I need to get off my can and make more sawdust and trees and stuff.
    Between the cancer and other stuff I have been fighting .. And grandkids ( 7 under the age of 8) wife is wearing me out since 4 of them are now on the east coast. Flights are all full and trying to travel non revenue status is terrible. I told her, after it took me three days to get home last week, that I am not ever trying to travel until kids are back in school.
     
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Sherrel, I had no idea and I hate to hear that. Get well soon.
     
  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Oh my gosh Sherrel, I hate that you have not been feeling well. We have missed you around here, I hope your on the mend.
     
  4. geep07

    geep07 Member

    Okay Jim, you can exhale now! I know that putting on detail parts you have to hold your breath. Hope you did not pass out !
    A great looking model to compliment a great layout.

    What's your next endeavor?



    John
     
  5. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks, John! I was starting to get a little light headed. Today I received the proper trucks so I need to modify them to pick up power from the rails. However it is an odd two piece designed bolster so the usual method of using Kadee centering springs will have to be modified a bit. I'll get it figured out. Some how. I think.
    My next project will be side door caboose #319 and a steam dredger for my Diversion Channel construction scene. Unlike my first dredger which moved on two sets of tracks, this one will be on rails laid out onto the swampy ground. Here's a pic of the new trucks. Looks just like the prototype.
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  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Nice Jim!!! I agree, the new style Kadee trucks are a bit weird at the bolster.

    Don't forget the battery idea!

    Whatever you do ..... very neat Frisco waycar!

    Ken
     
  7. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    So I finally finagled some pick up brushes to enable all eight wheels to pick power for the Soundcar decoder. Here's a couple of quick pics.
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  8. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Very good, Jim. With that Soundtraxx Current Keeper, you will find that the illumination on the caboose will stay on for some time after you shut down layout power.
     
  9. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Hey Keith. Could I run both marker lamps off of the yellow wire so that I can turn them both on/off together. Could I split the yellow wire and use a resistor for each marker lamp?
     
  10. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Jim, yes you could split the F0 output as you describe; that would work just fine.
     
  11. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I finally got back into the basement and wired up my marker lamps and interior light. They can be turned off and on individually with the Soundcar decoder. This caboose provides super realistic train sounds and the lighting control just adds icing on the cake.
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  12. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Neat old-time Frisco crummy Jim! Well done.

    K
     
  13. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Jim, you might experiment programming those marker lamps with the Firebox flicker and see if it looks realistic for flame-lit markers. If you wired the markers to the White F0f wire, set CV 49 to 13 if they are bulbs, 141 if they are LEDS. You should have Fo programmed to be on forward and reverse; CV 33 and 34 set to 3.
    If the flicker doesn't look right, set CV 19 back to 0.
     
  14. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    If you wired the markers to the Yellow F0r wire, set CV 50 to 13 if they are bulbs, 141 if they are LEDS. You should have Fo programmed to be on forward and reverse; CV 33 and 34 set to 3.
    If the flicker doesn't look right, set CV 50 back to 0.
     
  15. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I'll check that out. Thanks.
     
  16. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I think I can smell the coffee on the stove in the caboose, Jim. Nicely done, sir.

    Best Regards,
     
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  17. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    That is some really cool stuff Jim!! Nothing like the looks of the period of equipment and capture it so well.
     
  18. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Chris and Tom! You guys are like old buddies to me.
     

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