On 6/10/2020 2:18 PM, Paul Champlin wrote:
I make electrical connections between the locomotive and its
tender in either of 2 ways:
1. My preferred way is with any locomotive whose prototype used a
mechanical stoker. I use a length of 1/8" OD tubing to represent
the stoker tube and run as many as 6 wires through it. Of course,
the tender cannot be uncoupled from the locomotive even if the
draw bar is dropped. I have had few occasions when the tender
needed to be separated. The trick is to make one or both round
openings (where the tubing goes into the locomotive and tender)
large enough so that the tubing does not derail the tender on
sharp curves. I use prototypically close coupling of the tender
to its locomotive.
2. My other method is to use a matched pair of mini connectors with the female side mounted in an opening in the front of the tender, usually below the coal deck. With the wires between the cab and the tender painted black, it does not look too bad.
An aside: I have one of the Proto 0-6-0 switchers which came from the factory with a multi wire connector between the locomotive and the tender. This connector substitutes for the usual draw bar. If I could buy a few of their connectors, I would use them on locomotives with out mechanical stokers.