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 Posted: Fri Sep 27th, 2019 09:38 pm
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Si, thanks for the praise...

Haven't posted for a while.... summer distractions...
and, I have started half a dozen projects simultaneously.

With the predictable result of little progress, great confusion and frustration....
Will start new threads so you will be entertained.

In the works,
a scratchbuilt 4-4-4-4 + 4-4-4-4 electric motor, similar to the Virginian EL-2B's,
a trolley shop switcher,
and two Frank Schlegel Interurbans...
and more.




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Two more old trolleys on the workbench...

One, apparently the little brother of the Boston open Platform car,
but sold by UMPCO long ago.  





Open-frame motor which drives one axle only....
Sure disaster....
Replaced it with an Tenshodo SPUD.

Wheelbase is off two milimeters, and wheels are too large....
But it runs fine on DCC. 
Will paint it Armor yellow too. 







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Second one...  NJ Custom Brass 'Metropolitan Street Ry single trucker' ...

This one drove me crazy, wasted three tiny LEDs ...

It also got a Tenshodo SPUD.







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Good that you can get the SPUDs to work well Gerold.
 

Something I failed with abysmally, even on DCC,

and ended up using NWSL Stanton Drives, which are super runners.




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Doug,

Never had any problems with them,
except for split gears now and then.

However, I don't operate my models much.

I am more the tinkerer than operator,
and when a model is finished and through its trials,
it may rest for years, or forever, in the display cabinet....

So I don't know how long they would last in actual operation.
What problems did you encounter?

PSC sold a different type of SPUD,
metal body, variable wheelbase (GREAT),
those didn't work well for me from the beginning.




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Hi Gerold  :wave:



Both beautiful  [whack]  [whack]  as usual !  :P





:pimp:





I was reading some blurb about Spuds & Drives awhile back.  :old dude:


Conclusion seemed to be ...  L:

... as long as you don't try putting one in a huge Large Scale Gn15 loco ...

... & then expect it to pull a dozen V-tippers without blinkin' (or BURNIN' !)...  :shocked:

... you'll probably be OK, with a little weight on top & sensible loads to pull. 



In the case of a Street Car, probably ideal ... Bit of brass for weight & no load to pull.

After all, they are kinda really intended for 'passenger car' kinda trains, right ?  :P



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



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Si.

Discussed this with Doug....
He told he never had luck with those.

But he seems to be an OPERATOR, while I am more of the tinkerer,
who looses interest when the thing has accomplished the trial runs.

So I never have operated any spud for extended time....
Wonder how long they would last?

Anyway, here is the last streetcar I converted.

Avoided these pesky SMDs, and installed 2mm "tower" LEDs....
They may be noticed on the inside of the dash, but I will live with them.










And here, the SPUD and some sloppy wiring.







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