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Apparently it was possible to experience things in an Isetta

unthinkable in other vehicles !





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New railbus project - "Vintage Vehicles" 1922 Mack kit. 

I understand many shortlines operated this type (Type ACR),
maybe some are still in service in RR museums.

Bought the kit long ago at fleabay.

As always, I considered this a one evening project.. .
Maybe two, with installing a working drive.... !!  HA ! 





When opening the box,
there were immediately countless small fragile parts all over the workbench.
 
They really did a good job, expertly built, this would be a real eye catcher.

However, they clearly hadn't in mind to have this moving under its own power,
or moving at all...  Static model. 

Ok, ANYTHING can be made operating...
But I found several handicaps. 

Had to decide from the beginning, what parts I would have to skip,
as they would be in the way later.

And I had to decide re paint. 
Painting carbody parts would surely end with paint damage when assembling.
 
On the other hand I had to assemble the body at least without roof,
to have access to the interior (Decoder !) later,
and without roof, it was so fragile that it would also suffer when working on it.





At last, I decided to assemble the body with some upper reinforcements,
to protect the car ends, and still allow access to the interior for wiring and detailing. 

Then I cut a hole in the floor for the drive - had found a NWSL flea drive,
that came from a small steamer, as it has threads for crankpins in the spoked wheels.

Now I work on a solid brass floor that will hold everything mechanical,
maybe the decoder too, the body will only be along for the ride.




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Spent New Years night (?) - Silvesternacht in Austria,
tinkering with the Mack drive.

This time I was smart enough to wire it for straight DC first,
and let her run in both directions, with only the front truck connected,
to check if there is reasonable current pickup.

front truck is a PSC casting,
with Austrian Duewag streetcar axles.

Works fine. 





Also have added plenty of lead ballast,
left over sheet from my roof, and old tire balancing weights.







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Update... 

This contraption runs without any of the usual disasters, 
no binding gears, no smoking decoder. 

Painted it in one of my preferred colors, silver,
but took great care the interior was sealed during painting,
so it remains in the plastic color which I find ok for an interior.

Decoder is hidden underfloor behind front steps and toolboxes.

In this view the unwanted threaded hole in the spoked wheel shows up....
I will live with it. 
Those shop men scrounged everything they could get hold of back then ! 

Seems they also utilized the pilot of the same scrapped steamer,
as the original Mack pilot was destroyed in the first week,
when there was a dispute regarding right of way with farmer Jonahs cow !
 






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And I thought I have seen each and any mind boggling contraption...

https://www.grandsudinsolite.fr/1183-11-aude-l-etonnant-autorail-bus-de-lEEaude.html?lang=2





The rear driving wheels of the coach rolled on the rails.
The front wheels were not touching the rails.

The train braking was provided by the trailer only,
the braking system was not compatible between the two vehicles.

The receiver
(Conductor ?) braked the whole in the stations and in the descents,
by actuating the handbrake which blocked the wheels of the trailer,
on order of the driver of the coach who activated the horn of the coach,
according to an agreed code.



Amazing that this poor little bus was even capable of getting the RR coach in motion !




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Have finished the Brill two weeks ago,
but was sick and when ok messed up the pictures.

Here it is, with appropriate lettering, horn, bell, headlamps...


Considered to add outside bearings to the rear axle,
to camouflage that it's a steam driver.

But, those resourceful old-timers,
may have cannibalized a steamer when the Brill axle broke ?

 










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When you place the rod sockets 180° opposite,

the axle is almost balanced and all critics quenched.





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Helmut wrote:  
When you place the rod sockets 180° opposite,

the axle is almost balanced and all critics quenched.


This would be easy to do,

as the axle ends are square.




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Found this picture of a mighty proud motorman and his stately railcar,
from the deep South.

Somehow the wheels remind me of a seventies style baby buggy.







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