56" drivers was Re: model locomotive dimensions index?
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Thank you so much for the information, Nigel. All or parts of that will be very useful to a lot of us. I can only imagine how much work it was to compile that. You've earned at least a cup of coffee in Roanoke.
--- On Sun, 1/4/09, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
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> Subject: 56" drivers was Re: model locomotive dimensions index?
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> Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009, 1:41 PM
> Hi Kenneth;
> The small drivered Bachmann Spectrum 4-6-0, advertised as
> 52" drivers, actually has 56" drivers (I measured
> 55½"). These are the same drivers as on the Spectrum
> As far as making an M, my current plan, which has been
> delayed numerous times to job and move, is to add an axle to
> the 56" drivered Spectrum 4-6-0. The three axle
> positioning looks about right, and the cylinder positioning
> with the four wheel lead truck sort of works out too.
> I also have a LMB brass model that I got off e-bay many
> years ago.
> Several years (decades) ago, Model Railroader had a several
> page graphical article with driver and wheelbase dimensions
> of many steam locomotive kits display. I am sorry, I do not
> which issue; I believe it was in the 1980's, certainly
> before 1995.
> For most N&W modelers in HO, the only tough ones are
> the M classes.
> Here is what I have worked out so far:
> A 4-4-2 Bowser E6 - motor too big for
> N&W A
> A 2-6-6-4 BLI model, Bowser Challenger
> E/1/2 4-6-2 Bowser NYC K11 is close, domes
> off, boiler courses not quite right, but has the right Alco
> E3 4-6-2 Spectrum K4 - conversion article
> series in Model Railroading awhile back, or Bowser K4
> G 2-8-0 50" drivers, Model Power
> 2-8-0 has the right Baldwin look, but may be a bit big;
> Mellor 2-8-0 kit for Mantua 2-6-2 - kit had a chassis with a
> machined slot for the fourth driver axle, extra Mantua side
> rods, screws, driver and axle bushings; a Shortened Spectrum
> 2-10-0 might work (52" drivers are bit oversized
> J 4-8-4 Spectrum or BLI
> K1/2 4-8-2 Mehano, Bowser USRA, Bachmann
> USRA Heavy
> K3 4-8-2 drivers are 63" like a USRA
> 2-8-2, I'd probably start with a Bowser L1 2-8-2 and
> parts from a Bowser 4-8-2
> M 4-8-0 Spectrum low drivered 4-6-0
> (advertised as 52", measures 55½"
> S1 0-8-0 Proto 2000 USRA
> V 4-6-0 Spectrum 4-6-0; low and high
> drivered versions for different V classes
> W 2-8-0 Spectrum SY 2-8-2 (Chinese
> model) - driver diameter is correct, and spacing close
> Y 2-8-8-2 Proto 2000, PCM
> Z 2-6-6-2 Spectrum USRA model - even has
> Baker valve gear much to the annoyance of our C&O
> Nigel F Misso, PE
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> Subject: model locomotive dimensions index?
> > I'm posting this to any group of which I am a
> member, and which I think might have someone out there who
> would know the answer, so please forgive any multiple posts
> you may receive.
> > There is an online index of 45mm gauge locomotive
> chassis, listing wheel diameter, spacing, wheelbase, photos,
> and any pertinent information about almost all the commonly
> available models, at least here in the US. It can be found
> > Is there anything comparable for any of the smaller
> scales? I'm especially interested in HO for my own
> purposes. The reason I ask is that last night I found
> myself wondering if there might be a commercially available
> chassis suitable for an N&W class M, with 56"
> drivers. It turns out that it's rather hard to find out
> for sure. I did find that Bowser makes a 56" driver,
> but only in an 0-6-0 chassis. It would sure be nice if I
> could simply scan a list of available locomotives, looking
> for one that would fit my needs.
> > So how about it? Anybody ever heard of anything that
> would fit the bill?
> > -- Kenneth Rickman - krickman1 at carolina.rr.com
> > Salisbury, NC
> > If at first you don't succeed, use a bigger
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