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What to do with an On30 loco that won't stay on the track...

 
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Blackcloud Railways



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: What to do with an On30 loco that won't stay on the track... Reply with quote

The FCPyF Forney has been nothing but a pain in the behind since the day it was delivered. It got attacked with a screwdriver, razor saw and knife this morning. Now all I have to do is put it back together again... As a tender engine. There's not actually a lot to do on the loco, most of the work will be constructing a new tender out of the Forney's bunker and a bobber caboose underframe.

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like the new look, but wonder if there'd be a way of slightly shortening the front end overhang - was the front pony truck part of the problem?
I do have a soft spot for these locos but have not heard much good about the model version.

I have a friend who has one of them - also a lot of trouble, in his case with coupling displacement on his admittedly fairly sharp curves. A lot of chassis hacking has gone into that one, too.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen a Bachmann Mogul converted into an 0-6-0, that had the front pilot shortened but I think it's esthetically better to leave the front end of #2 as it is. The loco may look odd with the firebox/cab overhang at the rear but a snub nose at the front.

The pony truck was derailing at my baseboard joins, I'll see if a bit of lead will solve the problem but the truck is only cosmetic and does not carry any weight or steer the model.

I'll re-fit it with the extra weight added and see how it runs then but I need to sort out the electrics first. I've got a failed Lima DMU which can donate one of its bogies to provide pick up on one side of the tender and compensate for the electrically dead driving wheel.
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