SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
One of the issues I've been struggling with is how to conveniently charge batteries between operating sessions. The
train shed is about 800 feet from the house and does not have electrical service. So here are my choices:
1. Build a track up to the house - a lot of time and expense, plus where to run it, moving fences, etc.
2. Run a 110 volt cable from the house - too long a run, wiring would cost a fortune.
3. Get an inverter generator - cost $600 or more, would have to travel to the trains multiple times to monitor chargers.
4. Take the locomotives to the house one at a time to charge them - works OK, but GP35 is difficult to transport.
5. Find a convenient way to remove the batteries and take them to the house to charge.
We had been using Option 4 up to this point, but wanted to try Option 5, removable batteries.
The GP35 can be transported on this trailer, but loading and unloading is a
difficult and time-consuming task.
Engines Number 2 and Number 4 are much easier to load, perched one at
a time on the golf cart.
Here is the mounting ramp set up..
...and here is Number 4 being loaded.
I duct-taped a handle onto each battery and installed Powerpole connectors.
The batteries fit snugly in the GP35.
4 batteries fit easily in the golf cart. There's room for more.
Charging 2 batteries at once in the golf cart.
Tools required: wire stripper, Powerpole crimper, and needlenose pliers. It
took me a while to get the installation technique down pat.
Anderson Powerpole connectors. They are easy to connect and disconnect.
They are available in 15,30,and 45 amp capacities,using the same housings.