Dave fits lights to his coaches

“Hi Al,

Just uploaded this How To video showing a easy way to fit interior lights to coaches , not cheap but very effective and as I show very easy to fit …then also how to make some of the cheaper Railroad stock coaches look a lot better with painting the roofs .



And if you’ve not seen the ebay cheat sheet recently, you’re missing out. It’s here. Have a look.



8 Responses to Dave fits lights to his coaches

  1. Hi Dave, I think the lights you have chosen are very expensive and not particularly bright as you had them running in the dark and could hardly notice some of them. Also they are at a fixed distance between them which makes them very difficult to line up with the compartments. Having said that you can buy on ebay enough lights to light up a rake of 9 (nine) coaches with tail lights for £15 and they have 8 led’s per coach fitted where you want them. The ebay shop is called “Coach Lighting”. May I suggest you have a look.

    With regards,

    p.s. They do not flicker going over points or crossings

  2. The lighting kits are quite expensive per coach but an alternative selection can be obtained from Layouts4u at a quarter of the costs and are just as easy to fit and also include an on/off switch. But keep them coming Dave.

  3. I have 5 coaches equipped with these lighting systems and have been very happy with them. The motion sensors work great so the lights are only “on” when the rake starts to move and shuts off a minute or two after they stop. The battery lasts 9-12 months depending on how much running they get. Unlike Dave, I used a toenail clipper with the blades square. With them I was able to cut a square channel through the coach for the strip. The battery fit nicely at the toilet end. I like them. Fortunately, the manufacturers are starting to install lighting on the newer designs. Good How To Dave.

  4. pretty groovy Dave…
    I have an entire B&O vintage passenger set from the 50’s with factory installed lighting but I have wanted to add lighting to my cabooses, several locos including steamers etc
    this is a nice way to do it

  5. another trick is fit a pickup shoe, which could pick up power from the wheels, providing that the carriage wheels are metal.

  6. Congratulations again Dave for this masterful video.

    And thanks a million to Mike for indicating the other product available on Ebay. That is exactly what I was looking for and the price is unbeatable. I prefer a system that takes its power supply through the wheels since I find that having to remove the body (not the roof) on Hornby’s superdetailed coaches is a fiddly mater that can easily lead to brekages. So I’d rather not have to replace batteries. Great!

  7. great how to on lighting.the paint job came up great. any ideas on what your doing down in that road area.

  8. Your lighting looked fantastic, I would not feel like they needed brighter ones and the diesel you were using sounded as good as your lighting, love that sound, keep up the good work!

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