Been following the various threads for years now and I have to admit it totally bamboozles me often. Im no Sparky but understand engineering.
I'v been thinking for a while about a loco. What I have in mind at this stage is more than likely a 2" scale VR Y class. I'll probably run it on 7-1/4" so I suppose all these interpretations on outside rails are something akin to a a 'narrow gauge' version!
This wont be an overnight project so happy to take it very slowly. Just happy to tinker in the garage for now.
Im thinking 1/6 scale in the vein of Y121 (@DVR ) but the seating design I might tackle differently.
My thoughts though go more to do with power train and control etc
I often come at things rather differently to many and I was thinking about powering the loco as a Diesel- Battery setup. In the same way current vogue 1:1 locos are being done. i.e Gensets In this instance a singular GENSET ?
Im thinking along the lines of simply using a small Diesel Gennie ( single cylinder ) to supply a bank of deep cycle batteries which in turn power the traction motors. Not dissimilar to the Hybrid cars.
I have a very good friend who is a VERY clever sparky ( in fact he did his apprenticeship with VR many moons ago ) who im hoping might help me along here as he also like these things. Alas he like me hasnt built a loco before...so.....
I am interested in peoples thoughts. What appeals to me about this design it its effectively modular. Having said all of this it might not be a good idea at all. Its all very early and embryonic at this stage
thanks in advance for any feedback and such