Adding Extra Electrical Pickup

Enhancing HO scale model performance. Article reposted by the generous authorization of Pat Durand's son Casey.

Modern model diesel locomotives usually have all wheel pickup. Unfortunately state of the art Steam Locomotives seem to overlook the advantages of all wheel pickup and rely on split frames and often ignore the tender as a source of power pickup. On other occasions the electrical pickup is from only one side of the tender.

Simple solution is at hand. Phosphor bronze (PB) sheet is available from Walthers in various thicknesses. The thin stuff works best. You may find a local source of Phosphor bronze wire which can be made to work as well.

Scale Sounds on a Budget

Economy S-gauge train sounds

All you need for this project is white Styrofoam, some liquid nails, black spray and acrylic paint, a few toothpicks, one small wooden dowel, epoxy glue, last but not least a cheap railroad clock!!

I have an American Flyer rare uncatalogued #21004 loco and slant back tender with rocket freight set including rare car carrier w/ blue semi and all 5 cars also rocket launcher car, red caboose and the gondola being the key piece for me. I found this set when I painted apartments for a living, someone left it in a closet minus the track, but w/ the 100 watt power pack! It even had the original boxes, I couldn't believe someone could forget such a beautiful train set, I had one similar to it when I was a child (my dad sold it).