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    • January 10, 2019 8:02 PM EST
    • By the way, if the power pickup balls are damaged, that means that the owner is not putting oil on the axle shafts, a required maintenance item...

      long term result:

       

       

      Greg

    • January 10, 2019 5:33 PM EST
    • Michael.

      If you are using track power, remove in turn the six screws that hold either axle side to each central gear.

      In their wisdom AC put them in the same holes and if tightened too much, could short out either side of the pick ups.

      Shorten, as in grind a smidgen off the end of each screw so they cannot touch, before replacing and doing them up tight.

      I too agree with Greg to let the motors "float".  Although I did insert light padding either side to "help" the motors find a rotational balance.

      Replace the plastic hex drives with metal ones.  The plastic ones wear out rapidly.

    • January 10, 2019 4:56 PM EST
    • Michael

      I have removed the ball and spring and don't regret it. In fact one of the balls was flat-spotted, would have made a grove in the axle and it was new.

      cheers Richard

    • January 10, 2019 2:55 AM EST
    • let them float that's the original design, geartrains should be quieter as they self align.

    • January 9, 2019 7:06 PM EST
    • I'm using battery power for several Dash 9's and E8's. In search of minimizing electrical losses and maintenance thereof, all of the Aristo power distribution stuff in the drives has been removed in one pair of trucks thus far. I'm soldering wires to the motor tabs and then on directly to the decoder. Also removed springs/ball bearings in the gear boxes. Anybody done this? Any thoughts? What about allowing the motors to float verses being hard connected? Tracking/operating concerns?

       

      Michael

    • January 9, 2019 10:15 PM EST
    • On Schreyer's nice website for Shay tips, he describes a Dave Goodson method for making the Bachmann Shay, "reverse," it's valve gear upon each change of direction.  Involves removing the cab link and getting all the valve ear working really free and easy.  >>Anyone ever accomplish this here????<<<    I'm rebuilding an early version Shay and have the cylinders out.  (Which didn't go at all as some information suggests)  Anyway, I'm reading Schreyer and just got my valve gear all working well.  (Couple hours tuning THAT up)  

      Anyone get this trick working?  And how do you like it?  Actually, "flip," each time engine reverses direction?

      Cheers, Dennis

    • January 9, 2019 7:41 PM EST
    • lol I noticed that. Great project, can't wait to see the end result

       

    • January 9, 2019 7:15 PM EST
    • Looking good.  Whoever sold you those Bachmann cars gave you a great deal.

    • January 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Interesting project, Rooster.  What magic did you use to make that seam disappear?  If you had waited until Saturday to get started, you could have entered this build in the Challenge 

    • January 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      And I'm guessin you'll try and sneak that into Delores Yard, too, while we're eating lunch for a photo op................

      Fat chance!................

      SO THAT MEANS I'M INVITED ???

      SWEET!!

    • January 9, 2019 6:48 PM EST
    • Aaron Loyet said:

      Just what is a Rooster gonna do with one of those? 

      Nothing .....read the last sentence of the post

    • January 9, 2019 5:46 PM EST
    • Just what is a Rooster gonna do with one of those? 

    • January 9, 2019 8:05 AM EST
    • Going to be a nice build.

    • January 9, 2019 7:19 AM EST
    • Cool!

    • January 9, 2019 7:02 AM EST
    • And I'm guessin you'll try and sneak that into Delores Yard, too, while we're eating lunch for a photo op................

      Fat chance!................

    • January 9, 2019 5:37 AM EST
    • Most excellent choice of subject and materials.

    • January 9, 2019 12:27 AM EST
    • Most excellent!!

    • January 8, 2019 10:18 PM EST
    • Interesting project, Rooster.  What magic did you use to make that seam disappear?  If you had waited until Saturday to get started, you could have entered this build in the Challenge 

    • January 8, 2019 9:21 PM EST
    • Cool, SON....     Is it done yet???             

    • January 8, 2019 8:21 PM EST
    •  

      In the early 1900's the Cumberland Valley Railroad needed a better way to transport folks cost effectively on the Dillsburg Mechanicsburg Branch of the CVRR. The ore mining which started the branch had declined greatly and passenger ridership was starting to decline as well so running daily steam service into the area was becoming costly with the exception of the Grangers Picnic at Williams Grove,PA.  However "The Grange Picnic/Fair" only happened one week out of the year which was a HUGE revenue service for the CVRR and surrounding railroads.  So the CVRR sent two 1880's passenger cars to their shops in Chambersburg, PA for modification into electric service. The cars #12 and #15 were put into service in 1906. They had poles on the "sides" of the cars to pick up 600v DC as the catenary line which only ran down the east side of the tracks. The reason for no overhead lines/ pantographs was the steam locos going to the Grove might interfere with the overhead lines during the Grangers Fair. At one point in time they ran up to 118 trains(steam) in one day carrying 762 cars with 27,000 folks attending the Williams Grove Grangers picnic/fair. 

      As all know I love my Amtrash and modern day stuff. Most on LSC know that I love my history and historical research as well. So I was asked by the local museum and historical advocates what I knew about Williams Grove and the Great Grangers Picnic/Fair....Well been down many rabbit holes and still have many more to search out. However I got tired of sitting on my ass researching so I got a nut to make a representation of #15....why #15 ? Because I can bash up some Bachmann cars easily (or so I thought) and there are more pictures of #15 than #12.

       

       

      So there is a short backstory and next time I will put a memo on the fridge white board!

       

       

      So awhile back a fellow LSC member had some bachamann cars forsale at ECLSTS in York. I don't remember his name so I will call him Bob. I told him what I wanted these cars for and he gave me a great deal on all of them.

       

       

       

       

      This WILL not be an EXACT model but a replica of what used to ride the rails on the CVRR Dillsburg Mechanicsburg Branch. So window and rivet counters are excluded. As like the American Indians did I use all and try to waste nothing!

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Thanks to the guy that I will call Bob (because I cannot remember his name) that sold me some of these cars a few years ago at York.

       

      That's all I have so far and 15 will be a static model that will not reside here so no need for a motor block.