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 Posted: Sat May 3rd, 2014 11:05 pm
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I'm thinking of building a small diorama with a pole road on it. There is one big problem, where can I found the required wheels or how to make them?

For an example ot he wheels I mean see in this topic the photo Brian posted from the Fordson tractor at the bottom of the page.
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=5773&forum_id=11

All the wheels I've seen on this kind of railtractors have spoked wheels.
I have thought of using model car wheels but I didn't find any with the right size and a good looking spoking pattern.
An other idea is using model pulley. I can find them with the right size but they aren't spoked.

Making them myself? I have no idea how to do that. I don't have a lathe or a milling machine and want to keep the costs low.


Any help ans suggestions are welcome. I want to build something in O scale.

Alwin

Last edited on Sat May 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm by Alwin

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As I assume you are going to build a static model, get a spoked wheel that looks right and build the rest out of epoxy or a usable diameter tube and turn them down in a powered drill. Jose.



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Hi Alwin,
There were several pole road locomotives that had pressed steel disc wheels that were plain steel without the ribbed pressings as shown on the NZ Railway's Fordson. I have seen photos of them, but can't find any on the web at present.

Have a look here for a way to do a spoked wheel from styrene http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=2074.135

This link could also be used to fabricate the pressed webs as shown on the NZ Railways Fordson - just don't drill out the middle layer. I wouldn't let the "correct" size of the wheels worry you too much. For these outfits, quite often there was no "correct" size as the same machine may have had different sized wheels as either things "wore out" or "that didn't work, but we have these other bits that might work"



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This one that Ray posted looks like the wheels could be made easy enough from styrene.



The harder part will be making the rims but the spokes could be sheet styrene.   Not sure of how strong they would be if you plan on powering it up.



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 Posted: Sun May 4th, 2014 09:55 pm
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Hi all. Thanks for the suggestions. Got not much time at the moment but I gonna try some ideas soon.

John (oztrains), if you find some photo's of loco's with plain steel wheels then I would like to see them.

Alwin

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Hi Alwin,
FOUND SOME!!!
http://www.trainweb.org/loggingz/fordsons.html
and I wasn't looking all that hard ;)
Maybe not pole road specifically, but they should give you some more inspiration hopefully



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Hi Alwin,
plain disc with holes -
http://www.trainweb.org/loggingz/price.html :bg:



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Hi all,
And another Kiwi
http://www.trainweb.org/loggingz/union.html



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Great links John, thanks.

Alwin

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The Kiwis had a lot of those locos / tractors that because of their wide wheel thread were able to negotiate both timber and steel rails. The flange depth was standard.



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