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I think I'd quite like to have more of an imaginative train set rather than a basic city one, but definitely want power function. After having had a quick look it seems that only the City ones tend to really come with power functions.
What sets/bits and pieces would people recommend me looking out for?
I'm in no hurry to get these as I won't have room for it for about a year or two but think it might be wise to start putting bits away for it.
Also if anyone has any pics or videos of their own Lego train sets (particularly MOCs or modded from non power function sets) I'd love to see them for a bit of inspiration!
Nevertheless, here's a PF primer:
- You have a battery box, either AA or rechargeable. The rechargeable is WAY more expensive, but imho, totally worth it
- The IR module connects to the battery box
- The IR module has red and blue connections on it, which correspond to the left and right side of the handheld speed remote (the one that looks like a gamepad with two dials on it). The red dial controls things connected to the red connect, likewise for the blue.
- You connect a motor to one of the IR connections, let's say the red one
- Turn on the battery, and now when you spin the red dial one way, it'll run the motor in one direction incrementally for every indent, up to max speed (7 I think)
- Spin the red dial back the other way and the speed will decrease, eventually to 0
- Keep spinning in the reverse way and the motor will run in reverse, up to speed 7, repeat
- You can connect lights to the IR's blue connection and now the blue dial will control that (it'll actually start out dim and brighten as you select more "speed")
- The speed remote lets you reverse the polarity of each dial
- The speed remote has emergency red stop switches for each dial
Jumper wires - to extend or split the power for running more lights/motors
Switches - to manually control power flowing to different branches from the battery
Motors - Other than the basic train truck motor housing, there are 3 different sizes to be used, plus a servo (useful for advanced stuff)
Things can get pretty advanced, but the biggest pain is making room for the equipment and routing those wires around in train engines/cars.
Philo's page is a great reference for motors and their power/torque/weight, etc