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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 L&R Western Railroad
    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 L&R Western Railroad
    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
                  "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh

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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 L&R Western Railroad
                      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 L&R Western Railroad
                          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 L&R Western Railroad
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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