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    • April 16, 2020 7:52 PM EDT
    • Curmudgeon mcneely said:

      Didn't you get a wall wart last time you were here? I have one or two left.

      Try charging it. The battery won't come up with slow speeds...not enough input voltage. Gotta have the switch "off" to charge, if I recall. And leave it off when you secure from running trains.

      Those Sierra batteries were garbage when new. They bought the cheapest.

      I never had to deal with them, as I ordered them without batteries.

      Dealers bought 100 units, set on the shelf, by the time they sold, over six months later, the batteries were toast already.

      The built in charger is designed for Lead Acid. NOT NiMH or NiCad.

      Different charge protocol.

       

      I did and it works great.  My last reply was before I came to see you.

       

       

    • March 28, 2020 7:11 PM EDT
    • Didn't you get a wall wart last time you were here? I have one or two left.

      Try charging it. The battery won't come up with slow speeds...not enough input voltage. Gotta have the switch "off" to charge, if I recall. And leave it off when you secure from running trains.

      Those Sierra batteries were garbage when new. They bought the cheapest.

      I never had to deal with them, as I ordered them without batteries.

      Dealers bought 100 units, set on the shelf, by the time they sold, over six months later, the batteries were toast already.

      The built in charger is designed for Lead Acid. NOT NiMH or NiCad.

      Different charge protocol.

       

    • April 13, 2020 3:55 PM EDT
    • Yea I read the bit on Greg's web site, look forward to the pixs, Bill

    • April 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT
    • Ok bill, Sorry for the delay. I took a picture of both screws. Do you have fb or email you could message me and I can get picture to you. The front driver is a shouldered screw with the octagon head. I believe it is 1/4 in. socket if you used that to remove it. the rear driver is a flat counter sink screw. What ever you do.. BE CAREFUL when tightening both of them down. The shaft that they screw into can be brittle and will break. I had to repair one and its not fun...... 

    • April 11, 2020 11:01 AM EDT
    • Thanks Travis, what I am finding in bits and pieces is that the rear one is a # 4 screw and there must be some kind of sleeve that replaces the shoulder on the 4-40 screw, but not sure, let me know when you do, Bill

    • April 11, 2020 4:01 AM EDT
    • I will check later on mine. I have had them apart several times. If I remember right they are both the same...

    • April 9, 2020 1:46 PM EDT
    • Bill, Are the rods full thickness or are they lap jointed? I've seen that done,

      Timber Frame Tools » Scarf Joints

    • April 9, 2020 1:07 PM EDT
    • General ? for anyone who owns or has worked on one and that is are the 818-5101-052 connecting rod mounting screw (4-40 shoulder bolt) the same for both the front and rear driver, diagrams only show the one for the front driver and I'm thinking the rear needs to be longer as it also supports the drive rod.

    • March 28, 2020 6:43 PM EDT
    • no...pickups bottom out opposing each other in the block. I think (and it's just foggy memory) that more deluxe models had brake shoe assemblies that fit in there. Universal motor blocks.

    • March 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT
    • Or maybe counter act the pressure of the pick ups on the other side of the axle ...

       

      edit: or maybe not upon a second perusal, the rear setup is different... oy vey.

    • March 28, 2020 5:29 PM EDT
    • Fill a hole is all. Keeps dirt out, maybe.

    • March 28, 2020 4:54 PM EDT
    • Thanks Dave.  Found where it fell out.  Looks like I lost another one as well but can't find that one.  I assume they don't perform any function right?

    • March 28, 2020 2:42 PM EDT
    • Looks like 4 of them, 2 per side, fwd of #1 drive axle and fwd of #3 drive axle.

    • March 28, 2020 2:36 PM EDT
    • Looks like the mount for a brake shoe. Or a dummy plug for brake shoe_delete. Look for slots on side of motor block on both sides of each driver on both sides of block for open ports.

      I'd have to think on this. None of my 2018D's have that, I don't think....but....I do have a couple of spare blocks...I'll czech.

    • March 28, 2020 5:23 PM EDT
    • I like the video scenes at 0:34 and 0:54 with train passing the buildings, they are arrangements which look very much like some real life scenes back in the day.

    • March 28, 2020 4:53 PM EDT
    • GAP said:

      Don't unplug the tender just store it complete, that's how the small scale guys do it to protect their delicate plugs.

      Pretty tough to pick them both up at the same time.

    • March 28, 2020 4:52 PM EDT
    • Don't unplug the tender just store it complete, that's how the small scale guys do it to protect their delicate plugs.