A classic 'bits box special' using parts from Lima, Faulhaber, High-Level, Weinert, Alan Gibson, etc.
Cleaning the shell up, retouching the paint and replacing all the handrails was very worthwhile. The 'varnish' is a liquid floor polish!
Not bad, huh? Just needs the windscreen wipers methinks!
In analogue mode the diodes are useful to reduce the voltage the motor sees. So slow speed control is much finer. Fitted for DCC (see below) they need to come out though.
A shot under the hood. From this angle the lead weight packed into the chassis can be seen. So too the pickups - nice simple stuff.
With a scratchbuilt chassis there's no DCC socket to plug into. I knew that the Zimo MX62 was the going to be the decoder for this loco so I had to make the NEM651 socket myself.
The socket uses the standard DCC colour coding which makes installation of the socket a breeze. And you always know which way round the decoder goes (orange wire = pin#1).