Dummy headlight question

Discussion in 'DC' started by trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017), Oct 15, 2014.

  1. trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017)

    trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017) Passed away September 22, 2017

    On a old, worn-out, DC locomotive that is "dead" for lack of a better term, can I make the headlight work by wiring it directly to the contacts behind the wheels? (For use as the last locomotive on the back end of a train with [dummy] distributive power.) - Brandon
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    If the bulb is of the right voltage. Is the bulb wired in parallel with the motor; did it get brighter as the motor runs faster? If so, then yes, you can wire it directly to the track pickups.

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