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 Posted: Tue Apr 21st, 2020 09:08 pm
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After my last conversions,
I had the idea to build another box motor from a retired passenger car.

As I have already adopted the Central California Traction color scheme,
the number 1 car of the CCT immediately came to my mind... 

Although it never wore the beautiful yellow paint job with silver zebra stripes.
Obviously, she always was painted green, with white stripes added later.

This is the combine as I got her, it was included in a hodgepodge of trolley stuff,
and it would have been an orphan on my roster anyway.





The original power truck was missing,
instead there was a spring belt truck of unknown origin.

New livery now....







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Looks good already.


Do you have a layout discussion on here,

or is this the beginning of a layout?




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Traingeekboy wrote:  
Looks good already.


Do you have a layout discussion on here,

or is this the beginning of a layout?


Hmmm...  I started a layout 15 years ago...  in a room 4 x 5 Meters / 12 x 15 ft. 

Goal was always to run trains,
no switching or sophisticated point to point / timetable / whatever operations.

It's basically one track all around the room,
with a combination wye / reversing loop, and a second reversing loop hidden underneath,
so I can turn a complete train in both directions.

When this was finished, I stopped... 
Primary goal achieved.

I may watch trains and I can adjust decoder settings and improve balky mechanisms.
Maybe after I retire, I will have time to add scenery... 

I add an old pic of the most interesting spot of the layout,
there was no change in the last five or so years.

However, when viewing the pics,
I might write an article re construction of my various steel and wood trestles... 

I have developed a technique of my own. 
 






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I had 3 Great Undecorated RR versions so far,

so I am NOT going to throw the first stone.

Jose.




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Gerold

I do like your concept for your layout,

perhaps one day you will may have time for scenery.


My last layout had no room to do much scenery,

present layout will have a lot more,

with just a single track line running around the room.




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Picture of my cobbled together drive....

Original floor, Suydam CNS&M power truck (with correct third rail pickups),
Mabuchi $3 motor, which revs up to 19000 at 12V, so maybe more on 16V DCC.

Also visible, one of the flywheels I had ordered from a local machine shop long ago.







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The layout looks good to me.

Good progress on the motor/chassis.





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New challenge....

This thing has the partitions between passenger-compartment/baggage-compartment/vestibules,
done as beautifully etched parts.

However, this means the vestibules are all closed,
and it's extremely difficult to put glazing in the front and rear windows.
HORROR!

Have done one vestibule now.
Obviously, the first window is easy as I can reach in with tweezers and other tools.
The last one a challenge.




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Current state of affairs...
 
Little time this weekend...  Working on a HUGE display cabinet...

Only closed four of the passenger compartment windows,
and assembled a pantograph with a raised platform.

I am not happy with the looks now, this car is "stubby"... short and tall.
Would like to make it appear a little more elegant.

Maybe will stay with trolley poles and skip the pan.







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 Posted: Thu Apr 30th, 2020 06:03 am
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Finished....! 

Applied Zebra Stripes...
Oh how much fun with twenty year old decal sheets,
disintegrating when touching them.

Mounted the pantograph to the roof directly now.

Also added NOS Suydam PE footboards, reinforced,
with a brass plate in the back, so they hopefully will survive derailments.

She has got a cheap high speed Mabuchi motor,
a ESU Lokpilot4 and a traction headlight with a LED.





Pantograph is held down midway with a little wire clamp,
keeps it from extending straight up. 







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