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  • #16
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    Originally posted by deemery


    If you're concerned about wheel bearing wear, a good approach is to design the trucks to take the Tichy nylon bearings http://www.tichytraingroup.com/index...uct.php&id=232. These slip into an appropriately sized hole in the trucks, and provide an alternative bearing surface. Bernie Kempinski, for example, used these in his coal jimmy kits.

    dave


    Thanks for the link Dave. That's an excellent idea .. think I will order some next time I place an order with Tichy.

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    • #17
      I use the Tichy frames and bearings in all my On30 cars. These are sold complete with wheelsets by Dallas at BVM as "T-2 trucks".
      Dave Mason
      On30Kits.com

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      • #18
        Jeff, I used the Fox Valley Models wheels sets with the .576 axles if I remember right. As for using the tichy bearings, they don't make them for N scale that I know of and there's no way you could make the HO size work in these trucks. I think a good dose of dry lube might be the only option at this point to prevent wear. I've been running a train store for twenty years and I've seen many old Rivarosi and IHC and even Athearn trucks with the journals worn elliptical from heavy use. Metal axles and plastic sideframes just aren't a good match over time and constant use. Of course I don't know that I'll ever come close to running this equipment enough to even worry about wear on the journals.

        They aren't very good shots and the magnification makes it look worse, but you can see how rough the finish on these trucks is up close.







        Kelly

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        • #19
          The Intermountain wheelsets I have are plastic, so I would presume that there would be less wear. I figure some sort of dry lubricant would help rolling capabilities.

          Jeff S

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          • #20
            Jeff,

            Remember that plastic wheelsets tend to collect dirt and deposit it in uncomfortable places. If you can find metal wheelsets that work, I'd use the metal ones.

            Keep us posted!

            Pete

            in Michigan

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            • #21
              quote:


              Originally posted by railhead


              Jeff, I used the Fox Valley Models wheels sets with the .576 axles if I remember right. As for using the tichy bearings, they don't make them for N scale that I know of and there's no way you could make the HO size work in these trucks. ...


              Why not? Are the bearings too large (in diameter), so they won't fit in the journals? This might be a case of 'scale compromise', making the journals larger so the bearings will fit, to get much more reliable performance.
              dave
              Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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              • #22
                The sound car kits are made by streamlined backshop services. http://www.sbs4dcc.com/nscalesoundcarkits.html. I wonder if the kit will fit in the tender of the 2-8-0 conversion? I haven't measured it, but the guy also makes and sells n scale wheel wipers to add electrical to any car or add pick up to something like a fourney.

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                • #23
                  Interesting stuff, Patrick. I'll be checking them out.

                  Jeff S.

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                  • #24
                    I emailed the owner of back shop services about a decoder that would fit the 2-8-0. He recommended I use the ESU LokSound Select 73800 decoder. I have to measure the shapeways tender to see what kind of room there is for the speaker. Have any of you installed a sound decoder in this engine? What size speaker did you use?

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                    • #25
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by railhead


                      Jeff, I used the Fox Valley Models wheels sets with the .576 axles if I remember right. As for using the tichy bearings, they don't make them for N scale that I know of and there's no way you could make the HO size work in these trucks. ...


                      If you are using trucks made is WSF you don't need nylon bearings as WSF is Nylon

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