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  • #16
    I guess I'll be looking in the window f0r now!! Louis this will be another trophy build I'm watching.

    Mark

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    • #17
      Hmmmmmmmmmm, I must lead a very sheltered life as I have never heard of such a thing before. Interested to see how well this works. If anybody can pull this off it is you Louis!

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      • #18
        I started with the Roundhouse MDC track cleaner die cast underframe, and marked off and cut a section of the rear, for mounting the vacuum motor that I will be using for this project.
        First picture shows where the cut off section will be marked. I used a metal 24T hack saw blade for my removal of this section, the metal is soft enough you don’t need to have it machined, or have to power saw it off.
        Second picture shows the cut off section that will be discarded from this project.
        Third picture shows the test fit for the vacuum motor. I got lucky on my cuts, and did very little filing to get the MDC track cleaner body to fit down into place.
        Forth picture shows I used a 2-56 Tap and drill set to make two holes in the underframe, to be able to mount, and attach the vacuum motor using two 2-56 threaded screws.
        And, the last picture shows the fan mounted to the rear of the MDC die cast underframe.
        The next step, I’ll be cutting the rear of the body shell for the vacuum fan screen opening.


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        Louis
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • #19
          Originally posted by potsy View Post
          I guess I'll be looking in the window f0r now!! Louis this will be another trophy build I'm watching.

          Mark
          I thank you Mark for posting your comment. Window view or taking a seat, I'm glad to have you along for the ride.


          Louis
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Tyson Rayles View Post
            Hmmmmmmmmmm, I must lead a very sheltered life as I have never heard of such a thing before. Interested to see how well this works. If anybody can pull this off it is you Louis!
            Thank you Mike! And Yeah, these things have been around for awhile now. Even in "N" scale if you can believe that. (For your little bitty "N" scale dust.


            Louis
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #21
              That is just about the neatest "fan powered" chassis I have seen lately.
              I hope this project really SUCKS ! After all, that is the intent isn't it?
              Patiently waiting for more progress.

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              • #22
                Thanks John, and that is different. I like the unusual and different. Thanks for posting that.


                Louis
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #23
                  Anyone interested in how these track vacuum cars work see here;
                  https://youtu.be/cKMExevHZjc

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                  Louis
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • #24
                    I needed the rear section of the body shell cut out for the vacuum fan screen, so the vacuum pressure would pull the dirt from the underside/trackside of the car, into the harper depositing the dirt, and letting the pressure continue through a filter, and out through the rear screen. Following along with the below pictures, I first marked the MDC shell where I wanted my cuts, and cut out the rear section with an X-Acto keyhole saw. I then filed the area to except the wire screen. I used a piece of Amaco WireForm, it is a modeling metal wire mesh, I’ve used this product for cat walks, window safety guards, and many other modeling build constructions. The last two pictures show the wire screen temporally held in place with a piece of foam inside of the shell, to view how it will be in use. Then, sprayed painted black and glued permanently into place.

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                    Louis
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • #25
                      Louis great start; you certainly have some serious skills. Watching with interest.
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • #26
                        Louis, no moss grows under your feet my friend! Looks like your off to a great start already on your cordless rail" Hoover" or perhaps we should call this a" Louver"

                        Greg

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                        • #27
                          Wow, Louis. You have an excellent handle on this car build so far. I am watching closely.

                          Rich

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                          • #28
                            Looking real good Louis. Nice and clean modifications. I hope it works when done. It would really suck if it didn't. (What wait! That didn't make sense.)

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

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Larryc View Post
                              Louis great start; you certainly have some serious skills. Watching with interest.
                              Thanks Larry, I don't know if it is serious skills I have, but I sure try my best at it. Thanks for posting your comments.


                              Louis
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by greg_s View Post
                                Louis, no moss grows under your feet my friend! Looks like your off to a great start already on your cordless rail" Hoover" or perhaps we should call this a" Louver"

                                Greg
                                Thank you Greg for your interest, and posting your thoughts. That could be a good logo for the cleaning car. The "L&R Rail Hoover".


                                Louis
                                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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