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Re: Silverton Northern Engine House

Mark Lewis
 

Rich:

Thanks for the info. I expect to order the kit, soon.

I appreciate all you do for model railroading. 

Mark Lewis 
narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 5:40 PM richrands <rands00@...> wrote:
Mark,
The dimensions are a little under 4-1/2" x 14-1/2".
Rich


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Robert Bell
 

Mark & all:
I "offered" $3.50 per pair (I ordered 3 pair) of those 15mm square motors and they accepted.  Shipping from China was only about 2-weeks.  Great little motors for $1.75 each!

Rob Bell 
Waynesville , NC


Re: Silverton Northern Engine House

richrands
 

Mark,
The dimensions are a little under 4-1/2" x 14-1/2".
Rich


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Russ Norris
 

Thanks Keith.  You may be right about the split gear, but my first guess is the rear jack shaft universal.  It came apart when I was working on the external gear train and it was a bear to reassemble.  I noticed that it looked lopsided when I reinstalled it.   Actually I think the main problem is the worm gears that transfer motion from the drive wheels to the external drive train.  I keep fiddling with the trucks trying to get the gears to mesh.  Sometimes the external gear train works but moving the trucks stops it.  Or it works okay in forward but not in reverse.  It's just a long process of fiddling with the mechanism.

Russ

On Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 3:37 PM Keith Wiseman <kwiseman@...> wrote:
Looks like it has a split gear on one of the rear truck axles, hence the jump about every wheel revolution. We have replacement drive wheel axle gears available.
 
 
Thanks,

Keith Wiseman
Wiseman Model Services Inc.
898 Blacks Cross Road
Paris KY 40361
859-484-9573
kwiseman@...
www.wisemanmodelservices.com


--
Russ Norris, MMR
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
http://blacklogvalleyrailroad.blogspot.com/


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Keith Wiseman
 

Looks like it has a split gear on one of the rear truck axles, hence the jump about every wheel revolution. We have replacement drive wheel axle gears available.
 
 
Thanks,

Keith Wiseman
Wiseman Model Services Inc.
898 Blacks Cross Road
Paris KY 40361
859-484-9573
kwiseman@...
www.wisemanmodelservices.com


Re: Grandt Line trucks

Dusty
 

Paul,

 I like a #11 scalpel. I give the inside edge of the brake shoe a little trim also.
The Grandt axels SOMETIMES have a minor rough spot on the very end. I suspect that the die fills from one end. I feel with my finger or my lip to determine if a rough spot exists. I use # 600 wet backed by a piece of craft foam. I don't use a hard backer because I want the axel end to not have a dead flat end or sharp edge. Don't over do the sanding thing or the axel will be too short.

I lube with neolube or powered teflon. I'm a dry lube guy. Whatever works for you.

Dusty Burman


Grandt Line trucks

Risrwy@...
 

I have managed to rehabilitate my Grandt line trucks so they perform remarkably better. Better as in rolling quality from a dead stop to rolling away from me on a four per cent grade. The "fix" is rather simple so what i do is first remove the wheelsets and set them aside. Then I take my handy dandy X-acto knife and clean up/out all the flash I can find. Then I spritz the journal boxes with Hob-E-Lub. No idea if they are still in business but the graphite/molybdenum mixture is what I use. I replace the wheelsets to their journal boxes and then run the trucks over a paper towel soaked in your choice of cleaning solution to clean the treads. What difference that makes, from brakes on the smooth rolling cars. Not as good as Blackstone, but comparable to KaDee HGC's  which i use as Blackstones are O.O.S.
--
Paul Buhrke
Recreating the 14th. Subdivision
D&RGW Salida Division in 1929


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Mark Kasprowicz
 

Do you mean Kieth Wiseman - he's the spares man? But there are some excellent six pole (yes six) motors available on Ebay at present. 15mm square the top speed at 12v is 6500 revs and they have excellent torque. Only a couple of bucks too!. Worth a look.

Mark K


Re: Something to keep me busy

Stephen Silver
 

Bruce welcomes anyone who is interested in custom built turnouts.  His contact email is bruce.giroux@...

S

Life is mostly attitude and timing


On Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:43:19 AM PDT, Mike Mackey via Groups.Io <Railroadguy1957@...> wrote:


https://ohrtracksupply.com/

Contact Jeff Otto. He builds custom turnouts for individuals. Feel free to use my name. We are friends. 

Mike Mackey 

On Oct 10, 2019, at 7:27 AM, David Keith <dckeith14@...> wrote:

I'm looking for someone to make HOn3 #8 turnouts for my Sn2 layout.  Does Bruce Giroux have contact information?

Thanks,

David Keith
http://www.sn2modeler.com


Re: HOn3 modular at Timonium MD Train Show

Mark Lewis
 

Drew:

This sounds great and I would really like to attend, to see your modeling, but it's too long a drive from western N.C.

Hoping you have a great show. Please post photos,  if you can.

Mark Lewis 
narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Wed, Oct 9, 2019, 5:01 PM hiroechan <hiroechan@...> wrote:

Folks, 

I will be setting up some of my HOn3 modules at the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium MD later this month, and would like to extend an invite to anyone in the midatlantic area to come out and visit.

If you have HOn3 modules of your own, I would be game for including them in the setup. (Please contact me ahead of time so we can plot how we want to set them up.)

I run DCC exclusively (no DC), use Anderson Powerpole connectors, and can set up the layout at either 40' or 50' railheight-to-floor. 

 

Thanks!
--Drew McCann


Re: Something to keep me busy

Mike Mackey
 

https://ohrtracksupply.com/

Contact Jeff Otto. He builds custom turnouts for individuals. Feel free to use my name. We are friends. 

Mike Mackey 

On Oct 10, 2019, at 7:27 AM, David Keith <dckeith14@...> wrote:

I'm looking for someone to make HOn3 #8 turnouts for my Sn2 layout.  Does Bruce Giroux have contact information?

Thanks,

David Keith
http://www.sn2modeler.com


Re: Something to keep me busy

Mark Lewis
 

David:

Try Steve Hatch at Railway Engineering.  He is in this group 

Mark Lewis 
narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 8:27 AM David Keith <dckeith14@...> wrote:
I'm looking for someone to make HOn3 #8 turnouts for my Sn2 layout.  Does Bruce Giroux have contact information?

Thanks,

David Keith
http://www.sn2modeler.com


Re: Something to keep me busy

David Keith
 

I'm looking for someone to make HOn3 #8 turnouts for my Sn2 layout.  Does Bruce Giroux have contact information?

Thanks,

David Keith
http://www.sn2modeler.com


Re: HOn3 modular at Timonium MD Train Show

David Keith
 

Sounds like fun... 


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Russ Norris
 

David Hoffman replaced the motor that came with the original MDC kit and replaced it with a more powerful can motor.  I will take another look, but I don't think there is any writing on it.  On the other hand, David sold all his stock to Kevin Weisman, who now handles replacement parts.  You might check with him.  As for the decoder, it's a small Digitrax mobile decoder.  There's not a lot of room in this little Shay for a decoder and speaker, so I decided to go with a non-sound decoder.  I can always upgrade later.

On Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:15 AM Robert Bell via Groups.Io <ionhoss=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
VERY nice!  What motor and decoder did you use?

Rob Bell
Waynesville, NC


--
Russ Norris, MMR
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
http://blacklogvalleyrailroad.blogspot.com/


Re: Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Robert Bell
 

VERY nice!  What motor and decoder did you use?

Rob Bell
Waynesville, NC


Rebuilding an MDC Shay

Russ Norris
 

I panicked a couple of weeks ago.  While installing a decoder in my DC powered David Hoffman Shay, I managed to dislodge the rear truck.  While working on that problem I accidently popped off the piston assembly.  In my attempts to repair that problem, one of the outside universals fell apart.  It took a couple of weeks of patient study of the manual (available online) and tinkering with the mechanics, but I finally got everything back together -- except that the external pistons and gears no longer operated.  It was hard to see the problem because the connection between the wheels and the external mechanism is hidden behind the truck side frame.  I applied DC to see if I could isolate the problem, but everything moved so fast even at low power that it was hard to adjust. So I went ahead and connected the digital decoder.  What a difference!  I can make the wheels barely rotate, and it was easy to find and fix the problem.  Here is a You Tube link to a video of the Shay on its side so you can see the pistons operated.  Very quiet and smooth, except for a little wobble where the gears connect to the rear truck.  I will take care of that.  Can't wait to send pictures of it operating on the layout.

https://youtu.be/-XUWtb3KztM

--
Russ Norris, MMR
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
http://blacklogvalleyrailroad.blogspot.com/


HOn3 modular at Timonium MD Train Show

hiroechan
 

Folks, 

I will be setting up some of my HOn3 modules at the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium MD later this month, and would like to extend an invite to anyone in the midatlantic area to come out and visit.

If you have HOn3 modules of your own, I would be game for including them in the setup. (Please contact me ahead of time so we can plot how we want to set them up.)

I run DCC exclusively (no DC), use Anderson Powerpole connectors, and can set up the layout at either 40' or 50' railheight-to-floor. 

 

Thanks!
--Drew McCann


Re: Silverton Northern Engine House

John G Massura
 

thank you Rich (and your wife).

Placed an order already…

LongJohn

On Oct 9, 2019, at 10:24, richrands <rands00@...> wrote:

The #2006 SN Engine House is now available from Berkshire Valley Models. You get the details at https://www.berkshirevalleymodels.com/apps/webstore/products/category/1558878?page=1
Also available are the #2007 Tool Shed and Coal Sheds.


Re: Something to keep me busy

Stephen Silver
 

Yes, mostly, though there is some custom off-jig work.  

Life is mostly attitude and timing


On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 12:34:01 PM PDT, Mike Van Hove <vanhovem22@...> wrote:


Very nice work.  Are these built using Fastracks Jigs?

Mike Van Hove

Columbia, MO

On Oct 9, 2019, at 1:14 PM, Stephen Silver via Groups.Io <ssilver996@...> wrote: