Power Pickup for PF Motors

Many members in our club are very excited with Sage Railworks, a Belgium LEGO® train fan, who has merged “O” scale wheels with spring loaded contacts and his own ingenuity to make power pick up off of metal 9V train track for Power Function (PF) motors, which are typically powered by batteries.  The LEGO® Group switched from metal track and motors with built in power pickup to PF motors and completely plastic track about six years ago (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Trains for more information on the history).  For groups such as the Calgary LEGO® Train Club, metal track is very important as we would consume too many batteries over the span of a multi-day show.

For more information, check out the following Bricklink page.  There is also a very good article on EuroBricks.