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Another military rail truck. British armored vehicle being made in 1919:

https://i.imgur.com/XXxGyuI.jpg

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Si is not gonna be happy. The crane is just barely visible.

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Rail ambulance.





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Described as type 91 armored car, but no more info 





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Seems this is an Japanese armored truck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumida_M.2593



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Talking about the PE Alpine division on Mount Lowe,

reminded me that they had this converted 1918 GMC Model 16 lorry,

seen here during the lifting of the line.




 
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NEW RAILTRUCKS HIT THE TRACKS!





Lately I have devoted some time to building a couple of railtrucks for the Big Bend narrow gauge.

Like every self-powered piece of stock I run, these are powered by batteries...
but they are not radio controlled.
Instead of spending lots of dinero on these with r/c boards installed,
I went the "easy" route with just a battery and magnetic reed switch to turn em' on or off.

Their little motors are geared about 40:1 and with a single cell 3.7 Li-Poly (little dude),
they run at a respectable 5 to 7 SMPH with no reverse.
Model T railcars (real ones) tended to overheat when run in reverse so it is "prototypical",
and the trucks can be turned on the turntables anyway.

Soooo, when I want to run one,
I simply stick a tiny magnet to the switch and away she goes,
then when I want to stop, just take the magnet off.
Simple and no "mystical radio wave"operation.

The trucks are built from die-cast 1:32 scale Model T's,
one with an enclosed body (left),
and the other has a "ventilated" body with screen wire installed.

The motors come from ???? (junque box) and the driven wheels have gear towers,
from old and expensive brass diesel mechanisms (the 40:1 ratios)
that I have had for many years, again in the aforementioned old stuff supply.

I am very happy with these critters,
and it is a hoot to watch one run from end to end without any control.
They also have found some track problems which got fixed,
so they trundle along without a care...just what I want!

                Woodie




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Cool stuff.

It is interesting which trains can be relied upon to consistently locate imperfect track.

It is probably a common thing that everybody has that one locomotive and/or car,
which seem to live to tell you where track needs attention.





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Woodie,

Neat railtrucks there. 

I notice you got one of your new Harp switch stands installed.

Isn't there a way to use reed switches to reverse the polarity?




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Forgive me if you've already seen this on my Updah thread,
but as this one's devoted to railcars and railtrucks,
I'm showing Updah's most recent.


It started life as a Tins Toys 1934 Ford truck.





And ended up with an NWSL Stanton Drive power truck,
a Loksound Goose decoder in the tool box on the flat bed,
a sugar cube speaker under the hood, lights and sound,
and a heavily adapted Bachmann caboose as a trailer.

I was originally intending to use a Tenshodo SPUD for power but, like many others,
just couldn't get it to work well and found the NWSL version massively superior.

It pulls the Bachmann trailer, which itself is heavy,
and additional wagons up Updah's inclines with ease.





And here it is on its first running trial

https://youtu.be/CipsAJlegj8

And round trip.

https://youtu.be/YFg1c0N0HI8

By the way, the creaking on the videos is my rather poor camera tripod bearing,
not the truck mechanism!




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