Lionel RailScope Video Camera System

A miniature camera is mounted inside a Lionel RailScope locomotive, which transmits a black and white video picture to a standard television. On this page are two examples of O-gauge RailScope locomotives.

Lionel Lines GP-9 RailScope locomotive

Lionel Lines 3000 GP-9 RailScope locomotive, catalog number 6-33000. In addition to a 9-volt alkaline battery needed for the separate receiver unit, the video camera system in this engine was designed to operate on one 9-volt alkaline battery or six 1.5-volt AA alkaline batteries. The six AA batteries are installed in a battery holder, which is typically carried in a car directly behind the locomotive. The AA batteries provide three to four hours of camera operation. Lionel recommended operating the camera for no more than one hour at at time and then giving the camera components a 15 minute cool down period. Instead of using batteries, Dallee Electronics offers a 9-volt Battery Replacement for TV camera transmitters (9vBRTV). A disadvantage of using the 9vBRTV is that the video picture will stop transmitting when track power is turned off, unless a battery backup is utilized.

Lionel Lines GP-9 RailScope TV picture

Lionel Lines 3000 GP-9 RailScope black and white video picture. The locomotive was purchased new in 1990 and the camera still operates today! The video image is transmitted to a Samsung 12" black and white television. The television is located in the layout control panel, near the transformer that controls the RailScope locomotive, and provides an engineer's view of the track ahead.

New York Central GP-9 RailScope locomotive

New York Central 3004 GP-9 RailScope pre-production prototype used for catalog photography, catalog number 6-33004. This locomotive was cataloged in 1990, but never manufactured. The video camera system in this engine was designed to use track power instead of batteries.

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