Adding Stay Alive to Diesel Locos


Steve's Narrow Gauge Adventure

It turns out the KAM decoder is just too large for the little loco I’m building. It fits but protrudes a couple of mm beyond the side tanks, meaning the viewer can see it. I’ve removed it from the Minitrains chassis and soldered it to a Kato 103 chassis from one of my O9 diesel locos.

I removed the lead from the inside of the body and there’s just enough room for the KAM decoder. Now both of these locos have a stay alive decoder fitted.

What’s the point of a stay alive? When there’s a momentary loss of power due to a poor connection, or dirt on the track the loco will keep running on the most recent settings until it’s told to do something different. This leads to very smooth operation.

This video shows the stay alive effect. I started the loco running then switched the controller off…

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Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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