> I've never been into passenger trains much but with the purchase of
> several Proto 2000 E-8/9's I'm going to jump into it.
Good for you. Properly executed passenger operations can add a tremendous
amount of interest to a model RR operating session.
> My current roster of passenger cars numbers about 10 (mostly Athern) and I plan to junk
> these and start over (maybe).
Don't. Read on.
> My question is 2 part:
> 1: What's the best method of lighting cars. . . . . . . . .
Re-truck your Athearns using the Rivarossi 4 wheel Commonwealth trucks
available at most hobby shops. They come equipped with a pickup wiper that
works well. replace the coupler draft gear with MDC Roundhouse passenger
coupler pockets. Cut off the two circular mounting holes at the back end and
drill a hole to clear a 2-56***in the shaft. Mount it to the carbody
centersill such that it works like a radial coupler. That way you retain all
the benefits of Athearn's talgo method, but with none of the drawbacks. I
don't usually say anything negative about Athearn, but those passenger trucks
are really not my favorites.
If you know how to construct constant intensity lighting use four to six
bulbs per car to give even lighting throughout. Add plugs at each end of
every car and 'daisy-chain' them together through the diaphragms after you
have them consisted. They will not flicker or blink so long as even one car
is making contact with the track.
> 2: Without getting into real expensive stuff what is the best passenger equipment.
Without getting into the real expensive stuff you already have it. Take into
account that even if you move to scale length cars- A' la Con-Cor, etc. You
will still have to make the same or similar modifications to get what you want.