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Passenger Cars

Setting up passenger cars with a marker and interior lights that don’t flicker for the Santa Fe Chief.

The lighting system is powered with 2 AAA batteries that put out 3 volts. I use a battery holder from Radio Shack for this. A slide switch is mounted in the car vestibule for turning on the power. One 3 volt light bulb is mounted in each car and power is routed through a two-terminal gold connector between the cars. The voltage must be cut back for the LED marker lights with a 120-ohm resistor. Everything lights up with the same switch. Now that this works, I’ll run wires with gold connectors between each car to light up the whole train.

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