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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2018 05:10 pm
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That is a terrific little locomotive.
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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2018 07:55 pm
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Very nice! I have the same loco so this give me some ideas. But this is a future project. Oh well, you never know.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2018 11:43 pm
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Reg, thanks for the encouragement and Alwin, mine was a "future project" for ages before I plucked up the courage to get it going. it's a nice chassis to work on as it comes apart quite easily and the "bits" are pretty robust. Its just the motor that's such a dog, especially if you want to run DCC like me. If it's any help, there are a lot more photos as I progressed through the build on here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/33431492@N04/albums/72157685860533775/page1



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Well, the Malleyer has now got to the track and apart from some hesitation over the ME turnouts caused, I suspect, by the coarse scale wheel tyres not liking the fine gap between running and check rails, it seems to run reasonably well albeit with the articulation turned off just for the moment to get a better impression of adjustments needed to the chuff rate.

Sorry for the shaky video and odd colouring but it was shot in artificial room light this evening and at a time when my hands are at their most volatile!

https://youtu.be/nFwq0ZO6JSI

Anyway, a few more runs up and down the grade and it will hopefully be ready for a trip round the main line

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The video is very nice and the locomotive is very sharp.:thumb:
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You're very kind thanks Doc Tom. At this rate, I might soon be grasping for what to do next!

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Doug, what to do next? How about sit back and run some trains? You deserve a bit of rest and relaxation after that cool locomotive project. Great work.

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Great video.

A long time ago I fixed the flange problem on an O scale locomotive that had the deep European flanges.

I flopped the loco on its back, powered up the motor, and used a file to bring the flanges into an RP25 profile. 

It worked just fine, with one caveat.  If the drivers have plastic centers you have to be careful not to get the tires too hot. 

The loco was an 0-8-0, so I didn't have lead and trailing wheels to deal with.  

I have turned down flanges on un-powered wheels, but I have used my Unimat.  That works great, if you have one.  I would press one wheel off the axle, chuck up the axle and turn the wheel still mounted on the axle, and then reverse the process for the other wheel.

Without a lathe I suppose you could run the above procedure, but chuck the axle in a drill.  Mel Thornburgh, in the 1950's, turned a lot of parts that way.  His drill wasn't even electric.  It was the old "egg beater" type.  

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Thanks Woodie and that's very tempting. Once the final fettling is done I might just do that but knowing me, I get all fidgety and want to get onto something new.

The project list does include converting a RIO bus to rail use as has been done before by others and a Goose type articulated based on a Tins Toys 1934 Ford truck and some Bachmann bits and inspired by the work on here of Kurt Ubl.

And of course there's that Mantua Mallet waiting for its chassis to be ripped out and put under something exotic and a Bachmann street car ready to provide another building somewhere in Updah and a chassis for another critter of some sort

You know how it goes!

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Thanks Reg and the thought had occurred to me. However it was soon dispelled as I don't think my "engineering" skills are up to it and there are eight drive wheels to play with!

As it happens, I got a box of spare bits from a forum friend on NGRM Online which includes sets of wheels that have already been tampered with and some taken off their axles. They're not the easiest to deal with it seems and have anything but truly concentric plastic centres to start with but I might just have a play with them to see if I can manage anything of worth.

Failing that, I might attempt to deepen and widen the slots between stock and catch rails on the turnouts which I've already managed on a couple of "hand built" ones that were too tight even for RP25 wheel-sets but which now seem OK.

It's all down to moments of bravery - or is that madness!:bang::doh:



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