Detachable lamps: application to various coaches

The final circuits and their assembly

Due to the small size of the connectors, I make a mounting template on the same plate as the lamp making template. The connector positioning pins are in ø 0.3 nickel silver rod (experience will show that it would be better to make them in steel wire).

Connector mounting template

The circuit is placed on the template, the connectors are positioned. The whole is held by an M3 screw.

Note: the circuit is double both to save on the manufacturing price and to facilitate handling.

Placement of connectors on the PCB

The connectors are soldered. Note the location for LED resistors, although for me the resistors are provided on the light strip. I’ll have to think about “shunting” them.

Soldering the connectors

Here is the circuit completed before separation of the two parts.

Circuit completed

The two parts are separated and wired before installation.

It remains to ensure that these circuits can adapt to different cases.

Wired circuit

Test on UIC REE coach

This coach was used for the first tests.

Well, electric jumper side, it doesn’t fit at all, even by reducing the PCB width as much as possible. I need to drill new holes closer to the centre of the coach by 0.5 mm. The “cheating” is hardly visible.

UIC REE coach equipped

A light leak between the body and the roof, in the left corner, should be noted…

Test on DEV U50 REE coach

Here it is much easier, because the end wall is very flat. I used the same drilling template as for the UIC, changing its overall width, but I could have made holes closer to the centre to fall just above the lamp holders. Besides, I drilled new holes on the template for the next time. I also replaced an unfolded bellows with a folded one, an easy operation because this part is not glued.

DEV U50 REE coach equipped, inside view

The new strip installed posed a difficulty, because I made it wider than the location designed by REE (see the notches at the level of the compartment partitions). The many frames under the roof had to be milled…

Here is the result.

DEV U50 REE coach equipped, outside view

Test with ACME MU coach

For this coach, I’ll detail the operations a bit more.

This coach requires a different drilling template. It has two parts, one of which — the blue one — fits into the coach’s gangway, and the other bears the holes.

Template for MU ACME

Template made in 0.8 mm thick epoxy (lack of 1.6 mm).

Template for MU ACME

The template is set up.

Template in place

The holes are drilled.

Drilling holes

Appearance of the holes, which could not be drilled just above the lamp holders, but 0.8 mm to the middle.

Appearance of holes

Positioning of the PCBs inside the coach. The fact that they are accessible from below greatly facilitates their positioning on the guide, which can be seen on the left.

Positioning of PCBs

The gangway door glazing requires a small cutout to allow the connectors to pass through.

Left, intact part; right, cut part.

Glazing cutting

Interior view with the glazing put into place.

I’ll find later that the end of the right circuit, not cut (red rectangle), prevents the correct reassembly of the chassis.

Inside view of the PCBs

Functional test.

Functional test

In addition to the circuit mentioned above, I realize that the platform of the interior fittings must also be shortened by about 1.5 mm. I do this with my jeweller saw. Here is the appearance before separation of the cut part.

Shortening of interior fittings

And finally the end result.

End result for the MU ACME coach

Test on Hornby-Jouef A9 DEV stainless steel coach

This time, as I’m a little tired of making templates, I’ll try to drill the lamp clearance holes directly, using my horizontally mounted mini drill. Note: this is only possible because I have provided the support with an adjustment on the Z axis (vertical). The trickiest thing is to keep the coach in the vice without damaging anything.

Overview of the assembly.

Drilling assembly for HJ A9 DEV stainless steel coach

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Close appearance of the holes made, right on the lamp holders.

Close appearance of the holes

As with the MU ACME, the bottom access facilitates the installation of the PCBs. Ø 2 holes are drilled on each side, on the top of the body, for the passage of the wires.

Inside view of the circuits

Those wires are connected to the lighting strip.

Wire connection

Small problem: we need a folded bellows, but HJ doesn’t provide one. I took a bellow from DEV REE, but of course the studs are not the same. However, the bellows must remain interchangeable: I therefore cannot glue it. I cut notches in the wall, thanks to the same assembly as for the holes.

The bellows lines and the platform, recovered from the HJ bellows, are permanently glued.

Milling for REE bellows

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Final aspect

Other application: permanent red lights

Here is an example of using lamp circuits… without a lamp! Indeed, I have foreseen the possibility of placing LEDs directly here for coaches equipped with built-in red lights. The A7Dt stainless steel DEV (HJ4101-2) will be used for this example.

Here is the circuit in this use. Centring is done by powering the LEDs and positioning them through the lamp.

  1. shortened PCB;
  2. unoccupied connector location;
  3. LED 0603 installed.

Using the permanent light circuit

Inside view of the assembly.

Inside view of the coach

Here, unlike my usual practice, the lighting circuit is glued under the roof, as this makes the connections easier. Only the wires coming from the bogies are a little tricky to solder. The capacitor is also glued (Blu-Tack) under the roof, which makes it almost invisible from the outside.

Outside view.

Exterior view of the coach