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    • August 2, 2016 4:51 PM EDT
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Know how to hot wire a Piko mogul?

      I bought the engine sans tender for a really good price, the guy says call Piko for a replacement. Called Piko they tell me nope, they don't sell the tender separate from the loco. Called the store up, they will refund me if I bring it back but I will ask the question here first. How do you rewire the engine so it will run without the electronics inside the tender? All I want is straight DC track power, no sound no DCC. If this is relatively simple I might do it myself but if it's complicated it's going back immediately. I have the assembly diagram like LGB or bachmann provide.

       

      Is it as simple as bridging the two pairs of power pins on top of the the motor block like on a USA block, I have done the same on a pair of Piko Taurus blocks as well. Thanks

      This post was edited by Vic Smith at August 8, 2016 10:02 PM EDT
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    • August 2, 2016 5:15 PM EDT
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      Well, if you have a volt ohm meter, you should be able to figure out what 2 pins are the track power. Then you just need to figure out what 2 pins are the motor. You could open it up and trace wires.

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    • August 2, 2016 5:43 PM EDT
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      Dave I have seen these same dual pairing of pins on the top of Piko and USA blocks, I suspect if they are like the USA block, in each pairing one pin is from the track pick-ups and the other next to it is too the motor. The wiring leads taking the track power to the tender electronic circuit board before returning to the motor block. I have successfully bridged these pins with a brass strip and successfully made them operable from track power. 

       

      I can get another tender that will look right but I need to get the engine working first. I think I'm on the right track with this.

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    • August 8, 2016 5:04 PM EDT
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      I was on the right track, the pins work identical to the USA block, was even able to keep the headlight working, now to find a tender the looks right behind it.
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    • August 10, 2016 10:21 PM EDT
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      Huzzah!

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    • August 11, 2016 11:30 PM EDT
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Doing some backhead detailing right now.  $200-600 and it's detailed less than a 40 year old HO Tyco locomotive

      This post was edited by Vic Smith at August 11, 2016 11:41 PM EDT
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    • August 13, 2016 10:44 PM EDT
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      I never thought finding a tender could be so difficult. I would like to find a slope back tender from an Aristo switcher, but they are rare by themselves, you have to buy the pair.
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    • August 13, 2016 11:38 PM EDT
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      You want a slope-back tender? I believe that I have one.

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    • August 14, 2016 8:11 AM EDT
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      Try Nicholas Smith for a slope back tender.

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