A very old Arnold N model that used to be on the frontpage of some ’90s catalog deserves a small update…
The ET88 was an old EMU produced in the 1920’s for the Deutsche Reichsbahn and retired after WWII. More details (Wikipedia in German) here.
This is not really a legendary train in general, but it is for me. I’m sure many of us saw trains in our youth many times and always wanted them. The Arnold ET88 (and the motorless driving car ES88 converted here) used to be on Arnold old catalogs. I needed to have it, so I went to Ebay as usual.
I will be trying to convert the main (motor) car with sound someday, but I don’t have time or even often access to my layout these days. So here is a quick complete revamp and DCC conversion of the ES88 driving car, Arnold part no. 2931.
The car already had headlights and therefore power feeders. I only needed to completely change the lighting (replace front lights with LEDs) and add interior lighting. I went for these options:
Custom LED headlight board
Custom LED headlight board in place
LED board for interior lighting
Board and FH05A decoder
Board and added capacitor
Now after a quick decoder programming, voilà: 20 year old driving car now with DCC and LED interior lighting and headlights! See the final result:
I’m thinking about the ET88 motor car and how to convert it. Maybe a Zimo sound decoder for a change? We’ll see!
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