I bought a candy dancer car from bright models. It has a multiple pin connector for electric. I have an LGB layout. 1) Can I convert this to battery power, or 2) can I convert it to track power? Thanks in advance!
Tom Tricep wrote in news: firstname.lastname@example.org:
I believe your mean GANDY DANCER as common slang for track workers. "Candy Dancer" brings memories of Candy Barr, an exotic dancer of some note. Or we could merge the two concepts and and have a speeder painted in red and white stripes, with a stripper performing on the platform. But I don't suppose there are too many adult-themed model railroad layouts.
Depending upon the voltage needed to run the model properly, you may want to either use battery power or track power. I'll note that with analog voltage, the speed of the model iwll vary. If it will run properly on 12VDC then that is the way that I'd probably hook it up. I'd put wipers on the backsides of the wheels to pickup power - .015" diameter phospher bronse wire will work well or you can use some piano wire to do the pickup and the rest of the wiring will be trivial. Battery power will mean that you need to find a place to put the batteries of sufficient size, a power switch and a recharging port to recharge the batteries, the bottom of the model is usually the best place to put tha stuff.
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Well, now that you've implanted the thought in a thousand modellers brains, there will be a few :-).
In real life, the closest I can come is when I lived in Chicago and took the L to work. As we went past Northwestern U., some of the nude coeds sunbathing on their balconies took great delight in flashing the trains
What everyone who responded to this posting seems to have missed is that what you have is actually a "Gandy dancer" car, not a "candy dancer".
A Gandy dancer was a poor slob on one end of a shovel on a railroad work crew, with the other end stuck underneath a tie, levering it up so ballast could be pushed under it to level the roadbed.
According to U. Utah Phillips, the "Golden Voice of the Southwest" (U.S.), a singer, songwriter and hobo, this term derives from the fact that the shovels used in this work were made by the Gandy Shovel Co. of Chicago. (This claim, however, is in dispute: see the Wikipedia entry at