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Old 04-17-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Bachmann On30 Lighted Caboose- Bad News

The Bachmann Spectrum lighted caboose shines thru the plastic body. That removes the realism factor. To extinguish the light, on one set of wheels simply bend up the copper tabs that rubs on the wheel axles. I left the other set of tabs connected to create some drag that keeps all the cars couplers engaged.
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Painting the inside of the shell flat black would likely solve your problem.
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Painting the inside of the shell flat black would likely solve your problem.
There is no obvious way to disassemble the car. Appears glued together.
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Old 04-18-2019, 02:11 PM   #4
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IIRC, the caboose is assembled in a similar way to some diesel models, i.e., the floor is a snap fit into the body. Try spreading the body walls a bit and see if the floor comes loose. I seriously doubt that they glued the car shut since one has to have access to the light bulb for periodic replacement.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:35 AM   #5
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ebtnut is correct, it is not glued, but snapped together and with some patience you can get it apart. If it's a cupola model, the cupola is snapped in place, too.

IMO it was a mistake to bend the brass wiper because you will never be able to reliably get it back in place if you wish to use it again.

On my cabeese (and all lighted cars) I add a capacitor to the LED driver board to eliminate dimming on track with dead spots, which you will always get, at least I do. The installed capacitors aren't enough to prevent dimming. If I add lights after the fact I use a full wave rectifier circuit so it will work on both DC and DCC.
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