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NEW PHOTOS - O-Scale NYC EL NIGHT SCENES
30 Mar 2017
7:50 am
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Joseph Frank
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Hello ALL --

I have started installing bright white-florescent colored LED lights in my O-Scale R-Type Cars -- starting with my O-Scale 2-RAIL IRT R-21 class subway cars.Installing  these lights ( 12 per car, in a strip on the roof interior in strip-connected groups of 3 LEDS ) --AFTER  removing the original very dim MTH provided tiny incandescent light bulbs. Post war NYC Transit R-Type cars did NOT have "incandescent lamp" lighting as such ! These LEDS (60 lights over a 5 car train) take a tiny fraction of voltage to light, meaning more power for the traction motors, compared to the 4 per car,  20 per 5 car train, significant current-absorbing older small incandescent bulbs MTH provided

The results are fantastic -- and here are photos BELOW of these cars on my EL Line !

regards - Joe F

 

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30 Mar 2017
8:25 am
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Excellent pictures, Joe. The lights look fabulous.

30 Mar 2017
3:43 pm
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Hello Joe

Thanks -- yes, I am very pleased -- the buildings have real tiny pea-shaped clear incandescent lights to replicate the norm in most homes and apartments.  I will be placing some LEDS in some of the stores to look like florescent lights which stores more and more started using in the late 1940's  to mid 1950's and thereafter.

The main thing is that these 12 LEDS per car take a fraction of the voltage to operate than do the 4 tiny incandescent bulbs as originally fitted in these cars from the MTH factory.  Which allows full interior lighting at the very lowest train speeds.  And more motor control of the train.  Unlike the 4 incandescent bulbs which, acting like "motor resistors",   dim out so as to not even be seen. 

 

Regards - Joe F

31 Mar 2017
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Thanks for the information, Joe. I plan on putting LEDs into my buildings. Incandescent bulbs eat a lot of power. I also plan on looking into replacing the lights in my passenger cars with LEDs. I use a constant 18 volts to the track so I don't have a problem with lights dimming but passenger cars and lit freight cars use a lot of power.

2 Apr 2017
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Beautiful photos Joe.  Thanks for sharing them with us.  Your work is always excellent.

Greg

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3 Apr 2017
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Hello Greg !

Thanks also for stopping by -- and for your nice comments which I appreciate !  Sadly this place (OGH) seems to be getting very dormant with very little activity for a long time now.  Glad at least a few people are looking at this stuff here, heh !

Regards ! - Joe F

6 Apr 2017
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Well,  heh,  wow -- 42 views and only 2 replies over 10 days -- glad to see there are 2 people still alive enough over here to

comment !!!

7 Apr 2017
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Yes, activity has dropped on this site. But there are still a few of us die-hards here.  I miss the days when I could barely keep up with all of the postings.  I don't think it would take too much effort on the part of all of us who still post to generate interest.  But then it seems like participation has dropped on several of the train sites that I participate in.

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9 Apr 2017
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Hello Greg !

Thanks for the reply and comments.  I also note a big drop on a few other Model Rail forum Sites (a number of sub-forums on Model train Journal and same for a number of sub-forums on OGR Forum) - including the many YAHOO SITE rail forums.

Someone told me that people are moving over more to FACEBOOK sites (or creating their own account-site there) --- but Facebook archiving of material is useless and near non-continuous.  I don't have an account there.  I rarely go there unless a site I come across has a public access setup  (meaning you don't have to SIGN IN to see page content.)

I suspect people who post and contribute materials, photos, layout stuff, etc., which takes time to create and set up an involved large posting,  feel its not worth it when there are little to no responses --- and eventually depart and rarely, if ever,  come back

Regards - Joe F

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