While doing more research, LocoFi popped up in my searches regarding Dead Rail. After reading about how LocoFi worked, and the specifications for the system, it was really a no brainer to purchase it, above all the others, to be installed in the Walthers EMD GP15-1.
It would have been a super easy install if DC track power was used, as the motor was already isolated from the frame by the factory install of the motor and the lights are LEDs. It would have been a very simple process to remove the PCB for the lights and install LocoFi.
I have two of these locomotives now, and they both run very well on DC track power and battery power, right out of the box.
I wanted to add a battery for Dead Rail operation, which was complicated only by the fitment of a battery and LocoFi into the body shell.
The LocoFi module is in the rear with the speaker attached to it and the battery is forward of that. The rear LED was out of its socket when the photo was taken. It was easily popped back into place.
The LocoFi APP is very easy to use and configure and the module and speaker work like a charm.
tHere’s a short video of the Dead Rail locomotive running on my fancy layout. Sorry about the garbled talking at the end of the video. The wife decided to tell me she was leaving to go get our granddaughter just then.
Thanks to the LocoFi team for all of their help on this project.