This post is all about putting a camera into an MTH Budd car in such a way that it become fun to use and
is hidden enough not to make it 'Hokey'.
Here you see a picture on a TV screen in the corner of my train room and since my tunnel is well lit, the camera can catch scenes in there as well.
Here is the cab of my MTH Budd car and as you can see in the picture that the front of the lead car is the baggage portion which hold the camera mechanism and out of the top is the only part of the camera which is visable. It is the antenna.
The camera contraption consists of two parts, the camera that you see here which requires 9V DC power and a receiver that needs to be plugged in. It has the fine tune adjustment on it. My receiver is mounted in a closet on the wall behind the TV.
The camera will mount in the Budd car on the partition provided as the engineers compartment. The following series of pictures shows the work required to mount the camera eye directly into the window of the front door of the Budd car right in the engineer compartment. The plastic window in the door has been removed to insure the best quality camera capability.
Next the connector lead and battery power connector have to be funneled back into the center of the engine. Since it is pretty 'fat' and the MTH motor shield is fairly close to the walls of the car some more work needs to be done to get it by. Making it fit here is OK as the car sides at this point are all closed baggage doors.
Hacking away with a dremel cutting disc makes for an ugly hole but you will see that the connector fits it well enough. You will also note that I shortened the power lead to the 9V battery connector so it winds up where the battery will be installed.
I found room to mount the 9V power requirent for the camera under the engine boards. If you are aware enough, you will see that the choice of power is a BCR and not a 9V battery. The reason for this is that the BCR provides a 'noise free' consistent power source to the camera and the battery does not. When the receiver (mounted on wall in closet) is fine tune adjusted, the camera provides a flicker free picture on the TV. The only problem I have seen was when a train friend of mine who has some titanium from an operation in his back stood infront of the closet wall mount between it and the layout.
So now you can see what is under this cab. Try this and I am sure you will like it.