How Add Lighting to Model Train Passenger Cars

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How Add Lighting to Model Train Passenger Cars
Most passenger car lighting kits do not require special soldering or installation tools. (Model Train Bridge image by czbrat from

Installing lighting in your passenger model trains adds a very visually appealing quality to your models. There are many lighting kits available that make this task very easy and done in a short amount of time. These kits usually have LED lights mounted to a board that fits underneath the roof of the passenger car. When touched with a wand, the kit will light up using battery power instead of power from your power pack.

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Things you need

  • LED lighting kit
  • Transparent tape

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  1. 1

    Purchase a lighting kit that is the appropriate size for your type of model passenger car.

  2. 2

    Remove the lighting kit from the packaging and insert the proper batteries. The batteries are held in place by clips and the flat sides should be facing outwards towards you.

  3. 3

    Run the wand over the lighting board to see that it is functioning properly. After you have tested it, put two pieces of transparent tape on either end of the LED lights to make the board a bit more secure.

  4. 4

    Remove the shell of the passenger car from the roof using your fingernail. It should pry off easily.

  5. 5

    Set the lighting board on top of the seating area. The batteries should be nearest the back of the passenger car, near the washroom.

  6. 6

    Reinstall the roof by pushing it back into place. Test the lighting again by running the wand over the top of the car.

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