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Motorizing (9V) the Monster Fighters Ghost Train

clowndiscuslegoclowndiscuslego Member Posts: 97
edited June 2012 in Building and Techniques
would like to motorize the ghost train via 9v any suggestions

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  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,483
    edited June 2012
    You will need to change the wheels for the back cars as they are not train wheels and will easily fall off the track for starters :-)
    Otherwise Id say take one of the back cars and replace the wheels with a 9V motor
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 678
    Has anyone done this? I'd love to see pictures of the ghost train running on a track.
  • The_MackThe_Mack Member Posts: 239
    Video I saw a few months ago...
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 678
    Thank you. Now I'm really considering picking up that set. The ghost train might look cool circling around the haunted mansion.
  • y2joshy2josh Member Posts: 2,002
    I can't really tell, but is that a brick-built street in that video?
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,918
    ^ Looks like it, not a 100% sure though.
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,271
    I'm going to motorize mine when I get one but my only issue is I don't think the flapping wings will fit through the train stations and my tunnel.

    Also whoever made that video needs to change the battery in their smoke alarm.
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USA.Member Posts: 898
    If it moved slower, I might try it. Maybe put in some old batteries?
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    There's a speed dial. even at 1 though the motor flies around the track. Also, it's mains powered.
  • DaddyDeuceDaddyDeuce Member Posts: 272
    Boy, 9V users sure have an easier job of motorizing than PF users. They don't have to find a way to hide the battery pack or the IR tower, they just slap a new wheelbase on the bottom and they are done.
    Pitfall69
  • The_MackThe_Mack Member Posts: 239

    Boy, 9V users sure have an easier job of motorizing than PF users. They don't have to find a way to hide the battery pack or the IR tower, they just slap a new wheelbase on the bottom and they are done.

    Yeah, it is easier to motorize a train to 9V, but.. with PF you can have more complex train layouts, i.e. a track that loops back onto itself /or a turnaround (can't do that with 9V), and you can have more trains running on the same track with PF.

    Each system has it's strengths and weaknesses..
    Pitfall69TheLoneTensor
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,310
    Has anyone got the pdf instructions for this set? I couldn't find them on lego.com.

    The bricklink inventory says you get 2x 85489a and 4x 85489b. I cannot work out where the first two of these are in the pictures of the train.
  • forumreaderforumreader Member Posts: 97
    The blind drivers are not used in the model, but 2 are included as extras. I'm new to trains so I'm not sure what these could be used for.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,310
    Yeah, thanks. I was just looking at the EN instructions, they are used in that model.
  • EKSamEKSam Member Posts: 349
    A completely noob question but has anyone here motorized the Ghost Train? Any step by step guide you'd be willing to share? I am new to this and would love to power up the GT, any help is much appreciated.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor MericaMember Posts: 3,950
    I'll be tackling this come Halloween myself.
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,985
    Huh. I love that video... Hmm. I am clueless on motorizing trains or even what train parts are out there. I think I am going to google some.
  • Try001Try001 Member Posts: 83
    I did motorise mine using power functions and its cool but because of the position of the cams for the flapping wings it was not possible for me to maintain the flap(though I think I will work on this some more once some of my other projects are done! I also have been working on an alternative carrage
    Pleae have a look at the links! I'll try and take some pics tonight to help anyone trying to pf the ghost train!



    TheLoneTensorEKSamStormKittyAllBrick
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,985
    I love the twirling ghosts!
  • Try001Try001 Member Posts: 83
    Thanks! I'm working on something pretty cool with the twirling ghosts should be done before 13th sept so subscribe to the youtube channel ! Anyway photo. Of the train as promised! Apologies for the quality but photographing black lego trying to catch detail is not fun!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/trifletch/sets/72157635140589505/
    StormKittyEKSam
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