There are these things called cameras.  They can be installed on or in locomotives, flat bed cars, or whatever you want!  Lately, I have made a project of installing a long-distance capable drone camera into the cab of an HO Amtrak diesel and the boiler faceplate of a G Lionel Rail Scope steamer.  So far, I am very pleased with my work.


I initially considered installing the camera in my Chessapeke and Ohio BL2 diesel, but there was not enough room.IMG_3158IMG_3157

The camera fit very well in the front of my Amtrak diesel.  It looks weird, as if the engine has a big nose, but it works very well.  I may paint over part of the camera lense encasing to make it blend and match the color scheme.IMG_3160Not in the photo is a makeshift wooden sprung bumper that I installed for the camera’s safety.  If this were to fall any distance and land face first, the camera would surely be ruined.  The bumper extends about an inch from the frontmost point of the engine shell.  I dismantled a couple of mechanical pensils and used their lead casings, springs, and a piece of basla wood as buffers.


IMG_3156It just happened that the propogating antenna was the perfect size to fit in the steam locomotive’s dome.  I was going to run wiring through the cab, but this saves on wiring going every which way.



I was super pleased with how similarly sized the old and new cameras were.  The new one took some form fitting to fit the frame of the faceplate, but it came together very nicely.  I am still working on extending the camera power supply wiring back to the cab.  I am also toying with varius LED bulbs in and around the locomotive.  Who knows?  I may even install a smoke unit and sound decoder.  The more I think about it, the more I realize that I am going to have one souped up little tank engine.

Don’t mind my hairy stomach.  It’s Texas.  It’s hot, and a singular window air conditioning unit doesn’t always cut it when the room is attached to an oven of a garage.



One very new development in my train goings-on is my parting of ways from HobbyTown USA.  I am now my own boss and run my own model train repair business!  It is appropriately named “Livingston Lines” to match this blog.  I am very excited to start this new endeavor, and I look forward to serving my model railroading community!  My Facebook business page is searchable via @livingstonlines, and my business e-mail address is

Good change is afoot!!!

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