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 Posted: Sun Apr 12th, 2020 07:19 am
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Michael M wrote:
I do have a circle of track with a minimum 10" radius,
the SW1500 does go round the curves in spite of what the manufacturer recommends. 
The circle was my first foray into 1:35n2 and I just had to keep it


Welcome!

With a wee bit of frame trimming,
the old Athearn Blue Box SW1500/SW7 will reliably do 6 inch radius curves,
and will do 7 or 8 inch radius without that.

In the 1980s I used them as mechanisms for my Willow Creek Traction creations.


Also capable of curves in 9 and 10 inch radius range:-
Bachmann's HO scale USRA 0-6-0
Their 4-axle Fairbanks Morse whatever it is
And GP38.


See videos quickly made a few years ago,
to illustrate the concept for someone:

HO GP38   https://flic.kr/p/2b8Rg7d

0-6-0        https://flic.kr/p/29tiSim

Somewhere are longer videos with shelf cleared,
and the Fairbanks Morse unit running.




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Wish I had known this before.

Decades ago I had a small traction layout with 9" curves. 

One or two of those locomotives would have fit in nicely,
with the addition of a couple of trolley poles or pantographs.







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Number 8 crossing Washington Street in San Miguel.





Crossing Buckensnortt Creek on the way to the Salt Flats.




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Back to the SW1500. 

Wanted to install the electronics under the hood,
but it is so low nothing will fit. 

So everything went into the cab.

Still waiting on batteries and an on/off switch.







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Michael 

Wow!  That came out nice. 

I really like the lettering too !

:glad:

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Here is #42, minus smokestack, out for a trial run. 

Still needs a little work. 

That electronic mess behind #42 came from my gas switcher,
and is filling in until my batteries ever show up.

Amazing when you run a new loco,
how it seems to find a new trouble spot in your trackwork.




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The wheels on the front truck wouldn't turn sometimes. 

Took the shell off for examination,
and found that the coupling on the motor shaft was loose. 

Some super glue will take care of that.




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Athearn SW1500 converted to 1:35n2. 

M.R.C. 'Loco Genie' installed.




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Great conversion!

I always thought the old Athearns were the best bargain loco out there for the $.

Just wish they would have produced steam....




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More years ago then I want to remember,

Athearn did produce 2 steam engine's that I recall,

a Pacific and a 0-4-2ST, which I had at one time.




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