Remote Control Locomotive

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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:54 pm

[i]A typical comment... Sure all it takes is desire[/i], what hogwash. It takes a lot more than desire to make a company profitable. It's all in the numbers that is how the fiancials work out. If they are tough the company will be hog tied.

You just don't get it.
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Postby LCJ » Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:13 pm

Realityrail wrote:As for power, Wisconsin Central took over 200 cast off unwanted SD45 units, maintained them, and built the best railroad of the 20th century.

Just wondering -- by what standard of measure was WCL the "best railroad of the 20th Century?"

Remote Control Locomotive

Postby robc » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:28 am

Hello all:

VB-4 is just about finished. We had some D/A converter issues from Cattron that needed to be worked out. VB-4 looking real nice. Will be up to Derby next Monday to start the shakedown testing and run up. This model has a Solar system that keeps on board battery bank charged 100% when no Locomotive connected.

Sure it took awhile to roll out. But you can't rush quality & perfection.

Postby MEC407 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:59 am

Sounds nice. Thanks for the update. :-D
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Remote Control Locomotive

Postby robc » Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:58 am

VB-4 is out and running. Feedback indicates working perfectly. Last time I knew it's whereabouts in Brownville Junction.

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Postby robc » Thu May 31, 2007 6:02 pm

Hello all:

It's been a few years now and the overall design of the RCL systems have worked out great. We have logged the worst case scenerios and they seem to be during harsh cold winters. On the beltpack side, only minor issues such as antennas, battey clips, loose buttons. On board mostly 72 to 12 volt converters trying to keep up with the load during winter months. Plan in place to replace with a more robust model, Wilmore. The 3 best 72 to 12 volt converters are: Wilmore, Newmar & ICT. Keep those in mind when you retrofit your Locomotives for GPS, Radio comm, PCT and all other future technologies.

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Postby soolinexec » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:45 pm

So, It's been close to a year now since I've heard any feedback on your remote control locomotives. How did your design work out? The UP seemed to pick up your idea on the Caboose model. Cattron Theimeg is working very well with class 1's. As a matter of fact, they bought the original designer of RCL's, Canac corp. in Canada.

Let's hear how they are performing out there! Train crews take to them yet??

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Postby soolinexec » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:51 pm

Oh, by the way. I did hear from some shops that the batteries on the Beltpack are a bit touchy to take in and out. They have a tendency to break off the tabs. Gets pricey to replace battery just because of broken tabs.

Re: Remote Control Locomotive

Postby robc » Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:02 pm

Hi there:

All in all over the past 5 years, the systems have been doing great. Most issues are time related i.e CMOS batteries dying, battery replacements,
digital sensors quit, mostly usage wear and tear.. The great thing here is the inherent designs always prevent the Remote from working or sends it to fail safe posture.


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