N&W Alco T-6 Modeling Problem

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Sun Apr 24 18:06:21 EDT 2005

The T-6 rode on the so-called AAR Type A switcher truck.  Alco  switched to 
that truck beginning with the S-3, and everybody else used it for  their 
switchers, certainly after WWII.  Most switchers had friction journal  bearings, but 
some did have roller bearings.  The Athearn HO side frames  with roller 
bearings model a different style from what Alco used on the N&W  T-6.  
Unfortunately, on the N&W prototype, the bearing cap is a style  that's not common.  It's 
different from, for example, what you'll see on  the RS-3 or RS-11, and the 
difference is noticeable.  A "Google" search has  raised the possibility that 
Tiger Valley Models, which has been planning a T-6  for release "soon" for quite 
some time, may have this part.  I'm in the  process of contacting them.  
No, the truck from an RS-3 would not be right for the T-6.  That truck  is 
the AAR Type B truck, a road locomotive truck with a longer wheelbase.
Dave Phelps
In a message dated 4/24/2005 5:05:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org writes:

Moving  up to a larger scale, Ed Ruetling wrote an article in O Scale News, 
issue  # 175, kitbashing a Weaver RS-11 and RS-3 to build a resin body for 
the  T-6.  The boxy louvers are wrong on the engineers side but a  
significant part of the work has been done and louvers can be  gotten.  My 
question is also about the trucks.  Ed used trucks  from an RS-3 but they 
are not correct.  I've looked at the Central  Locomotive Works web site but 
nothing matches.  What kind of trucks  are the T-6's riding on?  I don't 
know what to ask  about.

David Ray

At 05:15 PM 4/20/2005 +0000, you  wrote:
>On the t-6 that Mark Trinka made for me (it  did win first place in diesel 
>at an earlier convention) Mark used an  Atlas S-2 drive and cut off the 
>journals and glued the roller bearing  journals back on.
>My father/son team has just finished a  wonderfull T-6, they used an ALco 
>models t-6 with parts of an Atlas  S-4 on a new fabricated frame. The new 
>unit runs absolutly great and  with the Alco soundtraxx unit it soulnds as 
>good as it runs. It still  has the friction bearings on it but will soon be 
>corrected the way  Mark Trinka did. I do believe we used the journal covers 
>off of an  Atlas RS-3 that hit the floor!!!
>they are now working on  another basket case brass T-6 for the Pokey.
>As for Mark  Trinka's unit well,,, the railcommand decoder brunt it up real 
>good,  but my team is working on getting it back into service.
>Mike  ritschdorff and crew
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>>To:  nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org
>>Subject: N&W Alco T-6 Modeling  Problem
>>Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 18:19:05  EDT
>>I recently obtained a used Alco Models HO version  of the N&W  Alco T-6.  It
>>suddenly dawned on me,  after my eye had passed over it dozens  of times  
>>it registering, that they modeled it with  friction bearing  journals rather
>>than the roller bearings  that the prototype had.  My first  reaction was to
>>figure  out a way to use the Athearn roller bearing version of  the AAR  
>>truck side frames, but that models the EMD  style, which is, in  its own 
>>just as wrong.  I've  gone through the Walthers and Bowser  catalogs trying 
>>find  journal bearing caps that are correct for the N&W  T-6, but so far  
>>I'm not
>>finding anything.
>>Since  it's very probable that some other reader of this list has faced  and
>>overcome this issue, HELP!
>>Dave  Phelps
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