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List of very small diesels recently available in HO north American

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:41 PM

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The new Bachmann 70 ton runs well but has an old motor that has a cogging sound at very low speed, same as the old one did only new one is DCC. Don't have a new 44 ton, old ran well with the two motors, the one motor one did not quite sweem  to run as well. Also cost is not an indication on how well an engine works, got some Bachmann S4's, two ran perfectly out of the box, bought another and it is in for repairs for second time, never ran right from the get go.

Sometimes the quote feature does weird things. I did not post all that information above that was attributed to me.

This was all that I actually posted:

SeeYou190
I was disappointed with my Bachmann 44 and 70 ton locomotives.

-Kevin

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Posted by Southgate 2 on Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:40 AM

Hey, Kevin, I sent you a pm.

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Posted by Bernd on Sunday, July 25, 2021 8:26 AM

Someboy mentioned the Atheran Hustler with a box-cab from Cary. I have one of those and did a complete repower on the chassis using Hobbytown gearing and can motor. 

Link: http://www.kingstonemodelworks.com/DS1.html

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, July 25, 2021 9:18 AM

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Hey, Kevin, I sent you a pm.

I got your PM... thank you for the help, and I am going to keep an eye out for one of those locomotives. Sorry, I thought I had replied.

Bernd
I have one of those and did a complete repower on the chassis using Hobbytown gearing and can motor. 

That was some remarkable fabrication work that you did. I hope you do not mind me sharing a picture of your efforts.

Also, your tip of using the contacts from a relay was pure gold! I saw that and immediately knew that was how I am going to add wheel wipers to my locomotives.

THANK YOU!

-Kevin

 

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Posted by Southgate 2 on Sunday, July 25, 2021 10:42 AM

Great work on the Hustler, Bernd! 

I took a less involved approach to the Hustler. If anyone's interested, I posted it some time back here:

It won't let me copy and paste the link. I titled the thread

Taming the Athearn Hustler

[Link made clickable by moderator]

No video, but suffice it to say it runs very smooth and quiet at slow switching speeds. I'd like to find one of those Cary bodies.

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, July 25, 2021 11:01 AM

Just bought a Kato NW2 all ready DCC for reasonble, not the real small I was looking for but not that large either, about 7' longer than a 70ton.

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, July 25, 2021 11:07 AM

rrebell,

FYI: The Kato NW2 is a sweet and smooth-running locomotive but converting it to DCC is quite involved.  You'll need to hog out the chassis to make room for the decoder and the wiring.

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, July 25, 2021 2:12 PM

Forgot to mention, already DCC.

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Posted by tstage on Sunday, July 25, 2021 2:24 PM

So someone else did the conversion already...nice.  I would still check it first thing with a multimeter to make sure the motor brushes are indeed isolated.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, July 25, 2021 2:59 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
SeeYou190
The new Bachmann 70 ton runs well but has an old motor that has a cogging sound at very low speed, same as the old one did only new one is DCC. Don't have a new 44 ton, old ran well with the two motors, the one motor one did not quite sweem  to run as well. Also cost is not an indication on how well an engine works, got some Bachmann S4's, two ran perfectly out of the box, bought another and it is in for repairs for second time, never ran right from the get go.

 

Sometimes the quote feature does weird things. I did not post all that information above that was attributed to me.

This was all that I actually posted:

 

 
SeeYou190
I was disappointed with my Bachmann 44 and 70 ton locomotives.

 

-Kevin

 

rrebell typed his response inside the quote.

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Posted by Bernd on Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:35 PM

SeeYou190
That was some remarkable fabrication work that you did. I hope you do not mind me sharing a picture of your efforts. Also, your tip of using the contacts from a relay was pure gold! I saw that and immediately knew that was how I am going to add wheel wipers to my locomotives. THANK YOU! -Kevin

No I don't mind at all. My hope is it will help with others wanting to try the same thing. I'm glad you like the wheel pickups. These are the type of tips I like to pass along. I do realize not everybody has a home machine shop to that type of work.

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Posted by Bernd on Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:37 PM

Southgate 2
Great work on the Hustler, Bernd!  I took a less involved approach to the Hustler. If anyone's interested, I posted it some time back here: It won't let me copy and paste the link. I titled the thread Taming the Athearn Hustler

Thanks Dan, much appreciated. I like the large diameter flywheels you added. Must smooth that drive outnicely. Also see you have a Sherline mill, nice.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, July 26, 2021 12:17 AM

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Don't forget the neat little Mack BR switcher that SS Ltd offered unpowered as an all metal kit and which if memory serves NWSL offered a power chassis for.  It is even "truly" recent because it has been reissued by Wiseman! HO SCALE MACK BR SPECIAL SWITCHER KIT (wisemanmodelservices.com) https://wisemanmodelservices.com/HO-SCALE-MACK-BR-SPECIAL-SWITCHER-KIT

I powered one of the Mack switchers a few years ago using advice from Darth Santa Fe. I built the power drive from scratch. It was an interesting project but it didn't go as well as I had hoped. I fried the first motor, and I may have cooked the second one as well, so I put it aside. Sometime down the road I will resurect it:

It's DCC by the way.

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Posted by rrebell on Monday, July 26, 2021 10:49 AM

Wow

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Posted by Southgate 2 on Monday, July 26, 2021 11:54 PM

Boy, that's a mighty small space to stuff all that equipment into, Dave!

Thanks, Bernd. The Sherline mill and lathe make a lot of stuff possible. It looks like your shop is nicely equipped. 

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Posted by rrebell on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:02 PM

Got the Kato NW2 with DCC, runs great.

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