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Some years ago I purchased two brass Westside Heisler trucks.
I understand Westside offered their West Side #3 loco either in standard or narrow gauge version, and the "other" trucks were available individually.
 
Then I found a picture of a railtruck that obviously was built utilizing just that, leftover Heisler components.
Checked if it would be possible to recreate such a thing in HO.

Purchased a cheap can motor with an gearhead locally. 
The first design proved to be impractical, was unable to build an arrangement with an transfer gearbox to power all wheels. 





So settled for one power truck only and removed the worm assembly from the other one.





Built an frame from brass channel, and placed an old truck cab on it midways, per prototype.





Then tried to cover the mechanics with a bed without having a bulky load on it.
Nearly made it, only a shallow cover in the front of the bed was necessary for the decoder.

As the cab was for decoration only, I put a LED under the hood and routed fibre optics to the headlights.
Very important - the oversize brass bell, per prototype picture.





Finally lettered it for the BM - "Buckhorn Mining Co".
This was a company Ed Suydam invented for some of his mining buildings and hopper cars. 
Backup light is an old European steam loco kerosene lamp, with an SMD LED inserted.





Gerold


Found there is already a picture of the prototype here in the Freerails forum...

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=5884&forum_id=46&jump_to=64385



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Very neat Gerold.

Certainly looks the part.

I'm a great fan of using parts that were meant for something else or came from another totally different model.

Be nice to see a video of it running.





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Doug, will try to enlist my children for a video...  too little knowledge from my side! 

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Hi Gerold  :wave:



On of my all time Top-10 favourite ^^ desert island photos !  :bg:



I do like your version of this crazy contraption !  :Crazy:


Proving once again ... THERE IS a prototype for EVERYTHING !  :old dude:







The truth IS out there . . .  :shades:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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Like your steam passenger car, this is another winner! I just love it!

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Si. wrote:On of my all time Top-10 favourite ^^ desert island photos !  :bg:

Hi Si.

Do you have any more info about the prototype ? 

I have two more pictures if it,
one with the caption "Valley RR Heisler Railcar Morrison Chemical Co Morrison July 15 1947"...

Morrison seems to be located, at least today, in Savannah Georgia,
is it ok to post them here?


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" ... is it ok to post them here ? "



Hi Gerold  :wave:



It should be OK to Post the photos from your collection that you found ...

... provided they DO NOT have the  (C)copyright  marking on them.  L:



If there is a problem, which I'm sure there won't be ...

... you only really have to worry about Eddies blood pressure turning him beetroot colour !  :f:

It would be great to see them, if they pass the  (C)  test.  :P



I can't say that I know much about the prototype or it's history.

It sounds like you know way more that I do, so it's great to hear the story ...

... & of course see your VERY FINE model of it !  :bg:



I have a feeling I might have seen another snap of it sometime ... maybe ?  ???



It's a no-brainer for the 'Funky Junque Hall Of Fame' that's for sure ...

... we want  more  More  More !  MORE !  MORE !!  :cool:

Railroadin' Rust RULES !  :shocked:



:)



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OK, here we go ... there is a picture which obviously shows this thing in the same place as on your picture, from behind.

Seems this is where the private ROW joins the main track.





and a second one, in an industrial setting.
 
Enjoy! 

Gerold






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Hi Gerold,

That is a great build! You're steam car is great too. Keep that nice work coming.

Alwin

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IIRC, this operation was in northern Pennsylvania and was part of the wood chemical industry that flourished there until modern chemistry methods made them obsolete.

Lots of info in the seminal book series on the logging railroad era in Pennsylvania.





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