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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 06:56 pm
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Some time ago I tackled a project,
that I had in the back of my brains for a very long time.

The idea was, to build an elegant box motor,
along the lines of the other Sacramento Northern / Northern Electric cars,
coaches, combines and one observation, 'Moraga'.

Those Niles cars had classy five window ends,
and graceful arched windows and doors.

One combine - #125, the 'Berry Car',
was almost a box motor, with only few seats.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2905&forum_id=53





I used some parts of a destroyed Suydam car,
and formed a silicone mold from a complete Berry Car.

Then I cast four partial resin sides - the baggage half only. 





Long ago, the Bachmann twin motor 44-ton switchers,
were popular for motorizing trolleys...

However, they had the split gear issue,
and were replaced by a more conventional drive,
with one center mounted motor. 

Got several of those updated locos,
however I choose the 70-ton version,
as I think they have larger wheels.

Cut the frame off center and stretched it,
with two heavy rectangular brass profiles,
also lenghtened the drive shaft. 





Bachmann decoder was kept in place...  I can live with it.

Only modification,
I connected both front + rear light leads, so I have one light up front,
that I may switch on and off according to my discretion.

Did I mention I HATE directional headlights? 


 

And now, the finished thing.

Lettered 'Sacramento Valley Electric #124'

(to my knowledge, the real SN never had a car with number #124)







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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 07:56 pm
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Wow, I love it!

I've always had a soft spot for the juice lines,
but I can't say exactly why.

This car look great!





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You are creating some superb models Gerold,

seemingly often from cast offs and bits and pieces.


Most impressive.





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 Posted: Fri Jan 17th, 2020 06:46 pm
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slateworks wrote:  
You are creating some superb models Gerold,

seemingly often from cast offs and bits and pieces.

Most impressive.


Thanks again for the kind words.... both you and Lee.


Remember somebody long ago (think Vane Jones) told,

model railroaders were the first recyclers.




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