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 Posted: Wed Jun 28th, 2017 06:47 am
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Had a little trouble with the rear wheels.  Ended up narrowing the gauge just a tad so that there was a little play.  Taking the RC car apart.  All I'm really interested in is the circuit board and the on/off switch.  The car comes with lights which I don't need.  The green and blue wires go to the motor.  The board is only 1 3/8 inches by 1 7/8 inches so no problem getting it to fit in the cargo area of the rail truck.



The blue tape is holding the antenna so I don't loose it.


Please excuse the messy work space.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 29th, 2017 08:28 am
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Just picked up a Tri-ang HO wagon.  The body will get removed and the frame used for another open-air passenger car.  I'll swap out the wheels and replace them with Hornby spoke wheels.






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Hi Michael :wave:



Interesting.

I can't 100% see.

But you appear to have got a long wheelbase diecast frame ...

... WITHOUT the early style round axle-box holes.



You may or may not have noticed.

But this diecast underframe is probably not a 1, but a 2 part underframe.



The left & right sides are probably both held together ...

... by the hollow-rivet that fixes the closed-loop couplers at either end.

Drill or side-cutter those rivets & the underframe will become 2 left & right parts.

Each half located by the rivet & a 'pip & hole' at each end.



Out of all the Tri-ang diecast underframes here, I only have 1 shorter wheelbase wagon like this.

Haven't done anything with it yet, as it is different to all my others.



Might give it a whirl a bit later. :bg:



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Si,

The frame is plastic, and about 3 3/8 inches long.  The frame appears to be one piece.  I'll get rid of the couplers, buffers, and some of the brake gear.  It feels a little on the light side so I'll need to add some weight.  But all this will have to wait until I get other projects completed.  Need to finish the scenery on the layout, or at least get the basic ground cover done.

I already have the material I need to start on the next module going off to the right.  This will be a small yard with a borax dumper and a turntable.  This will allow me to operate a push-pull service to the borax tipple, and a little passenger service.



Please ignore the messy work space.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 29th, 2017 06:59 pm
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Hi again Michael :wave:



Ah ! :shocked:

I did wonder if it was a plastic underframe.

Almost impossible to tell from most photographs though.

The later plastic truck/bogie wagons are easy to identify in photos.



I've always thought there must have been very few diecast with closed-end axle-boxes made.

But perhaps that's only because I always look for ones with open-ended axleboxes.



I guess then that the wheelsets are easy to drop out & change.

I wonder if they are the 'normal' modern 26mm point-point axles ?



Lima are one of the few makes to use a different size axle.

Theirs are a 24.5mm point-point axle I believe.

A Hornby wheelset won't fit a Lima wagon I think.

And a Lima wheelset will fall out of the axleboxes if tried to fit to Hornby.



Mmm ...



I guess that wagon might be marked 'Tri-ang/Hornby' on the bottom ...

... and not just Tri-ang.

A much later model possibly after Tri-ang bought Hornby & the companies merged.

Good find in any case I'm sure.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 29th, 2017 07:38 pm
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Si,

The bottom just says "Tri-ang" and "Made In England".  It's a bit longer than that Tri-ang TT scale car I got a little while ago.  I still think it will make a nice start for another open-air passenger car, and it should look nice trailing behind the rail truck I'm working on.  Another welcomed addition to the NI&E.  Would still like to find a few more metal frame cars.  There's a train show coming up in a week or two; maybe I'll get lucky.



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The rail truck is making some progress.  Initially I was going to put the on/off switch and charging plug underneath the frame on the rear, but as construction continued I found that I could make the cargo box removable.  Wasn't planning on sealing everything up since all the R/C stuff is going in there and I'm sure I'll need to get to it once in a while for maintenance.  A little less wiring and makes life a lot easier.




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Making progress on the rail truck.  I remember reading somewhere that the Galloping Goose (gooses? geese? gander?) were clad in aluminum and as they rolled down the track some of the clading would flap in the wind.  Regardless I clad the cargo box in aluminum made from the top of a serving pan.  Since the NI&E has a mail contract I added lettering 'United States Mail'.



The cab still needs a roof.



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Found a copy of The Gilpin Gold Tram, Colorado's unique narrow-gauge by Ferrell for $15 and it should arrive in about 10 days.

Even though I'm modeling the area around eastern California & western Nevada around the Death Valley area The Gilpin can provide inspiration on the equipment they used since it was also a two foot gauge line.

Here's a little information about Skidoo in Death Valley: http://cali49.com/mojave/2015/12/8/skidoo-death-valley-cal



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Went to the Great Train Show in Pomona today and met up with my son, Mike, and his wife, Amiee.  They're putting in a G scale layout in the backyard.  Told him about Freerails and trying to get him to go with battery power.

The show was a little smaller this time; not as many vendors or layouts.  Sitill managed to find a few goodies: a Shinohara #4 switch new-in-the-box for $3, package of brass track for $2 (just using it to help with planning out the next extension), 3 N scale tank cars $5, 1 HO tank car $4, and 2 HO cast metal underframes $1.

I think that I can use the metal frames for flatcars.  The HO tank car will be used somehow for fuel or water, and the same with the N scale tank cars.  The switch will get used on the planned extension since I'm lousy at handlaying track.  I'll remove a few ties, and after it's painted and ballasted you'll never know the difference.




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