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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:17 am
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this is not a how to, more a need to.
my son bought me a shunter for christmas,hornby railroad range
having just 4 wheels it does have trouble on insulfrog points, so
i wondered how to improve it, :idea: then i remembered in my
shunting days we had a shunters tool truck for the poles,pinch bars etc,
as i have a severn junction tool truck i thought add pickups to it and
couple to loco, so here goes. pic of loco + truck

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:20 am
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truck needs a kadee type coupling,so body off and drill out rivet

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:22 am
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cut off triang coupling and file all flat.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:25 am
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10 thou, plastic packing glued on and drilled,whisker coupling &
kadee 324 gear box to fit.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:28 am
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test for correct ht with gauge ( kadee gauge)

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:30 am
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coupling finally screwed on with 2mm self tap screw,

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remove old coupling other end but leave the centre mount on this
time, drill a hole in side of mount, cut plastic coupling whisker end off
glue the coupling in the hole with superglue,i had some old pickups
so i cut to fit & glued them in place.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 25th, 2008 12:41 am
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added rear pickups - bit fideley round the vac tank, soldered to
front ones and glued all down.

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rubbing strips on centre mount for pickups from loco.

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agh!! could not fit copper strip in loco no room **^""!, so had to
hard wire from loco pickup.

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pickup wires soldered in place, not what i wanted but ok,

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test run,YES goes t.riffic, goes over points in slow motion,
thats 8 pickups in all.

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just have to tidy it all up and paint the truck black,then its
onwards and upwards.
:roll: :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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Very clever Owen, i like that :D
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What a great idea Owen - breathes life into old locos as well as new ones with pickup problems. :wink: :wink:

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That is a very good idea :)



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Very good idea Owen certainly gets round the problem with 0 4 0 engines.

If you used mini connectors you could have the wagon interchhangable between 0 4 0 locos then all you would need to do is have a socket on each 0 4 0 and a plug on the wagon.

The shunters wagon you mention is available in kit form from Cambrian


cheers Brian.W

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Brianw,that is what i had in mind with the centre strip but it didnt
work out,did you try the mini connecters ? you wanted some a
while ago. :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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Owen

check the thread below i found some they do 2 pin 3 pin and 4 pin
they cost about 90p each.
railroom electronics do them but he does not list them on his website
i keep meaning to email him for the exact price with p&p they are a lot cheaper than the other ones seen

http://www.yourmodelrailway.com/viewtopic.php?t=1063

cheers Brian.W

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i looked on that site before, thats why i asked if you tried them,
express models do them at 2.25 ea.+4 postage.
:oops: :lol: :lol: 8)

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