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    I’ve always thought of getting a vacuum car for my railroad. After researching the internet, I found there are many models from commercial companies that vary in price range. I also found they are all built the same way mechanically and electronically.
    Then I decided to build my own version. I first thought of using a box car, then a locomotive dummy shell, then decided where I had an old Roundhouse MDC track cleaner at hand, that I would kit bash it and convert it for my needs. The pictures posted above gives a quick visual of the Idea, Parts, and Intended Vacuum Device for the L&R. Please follow along with this build that I will be conducting.
    Next post will start my construction build.



    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    The main item, and most important part, for this vacuum car operation to work is the fan motor used, so we will start there. All other items used in a vacuum car build of your own, scratch built, or readily obtained, is optional or your choice/preference.


    To operate my vacuum car, I’ll be using a 12-volt fan motor from Coolerguys https://www.coolerguys.com/ 25x25x10mm Fan 12-volt 840556070306.
    PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
    Dimensions: 25x25x10mm - Rated Voltage: 12 Volts - Rated Current: 0.04A
    Operation temperature: -10 to +65 C - Storage temperature: -40 to +70 C
    Bearing: Ball Bearing - Fan Speed: 10000 RPM - Static Pressure: 2.08 mm/H2O
    Airflow: 2.1 CFM - Noise Level: 20 DBA - Life Expectancy: 67,000 Hrs.


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    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #3
      This has possibilities, Louis! I may not comment a lot, but I'm likely to be up here in the peanut gallery watching and learning!

      Pete
      in Michigan

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      • #4
        Louis,

        I will grab a seat too, while there's still a few empty.
        I want to see how you slice & dice, because you're good at it.

        Rich

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        • #5
          A very interesting idea, Louis. I'll take a seat and follow along as well!

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          • #6
            Deal me in too, Lou!

            Jim
            Take the red pill

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            • #7
              Yup another unusual "Louis build"; I'll take that seat over in the corner.....this should be fun!!!!
              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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              • #8
                Louis, well I guess this is one of your projects that's really going to suck when completed!
                Best of luck with it Louis!

                Greg

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                • #9
                  You have my attention, Louis.

                  George
                  The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                  • #10
                    I'll keep on eye on this. It's not often Lou ventures into making something that sucks right from the git-go! I have one of those MDC sweeper scrubber things over there on the shelf, "someplace"
                    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                    Cedar Swamp
                    SW of Manistique, MI

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                    • #11
                      Thanks a lot guys for your comments and interest, now I know for sure you think my modeling sucks.
                      Greg and Karl you've got some good ones!


                      Louis
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #12
                        Damm, late to the party again. Standing room only. Louis you need a bigger workshop. I'll stop by occasionally when it's not so crowded to see your progress.

                        Bernd
                        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Bernd, talk about a bigger workshop, just following your ideas and builds, they come from everywhere. I know you have projects planned that will last a life time.


                          Louis
                          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                          • #14
                            I'm so late checking in that I'll be standing next to Bernd in the back row. I'm looking forward to your build, Lou.
                            Bruce

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Bruce, glad to have you aboard. Better late than never I say.


                              Louis
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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