Converting a Z 0-6-0 to 8 wheel pickup

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  1. zeeglen

    zeeglen Member

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    Tough call where to post this - kind of a technical scratching and bashing, done to Z scale but can work on other scales.

    Just won a Marklin Z scale Freight Starter Set. Comes with one 0-6-0 tank loco and a 2 axle freight 'wagon'. The locomotive electrical pickup is only on 4 wheels and it stalled regularly at slow speed below 30 scale mph. I'm very picky about prototypical speed performance, especially a steam loco - i like to see the drive rods slowly pumping back and forth, not just a visual blur. And i really hate having to reach out and constantly nudge the locomotive whenever it decides to stall.

    So decided to convert to 8 wheel electrical pickup using the metal wagon wheels. Now it runs at 1.2 scale mph on 30 Hz 8V pulse without stalling.

    Here are some photos showing the basic technique. One of the things that really helped was the truckless wagon wheels - since they don't swivel it was easy to add wiping contacts to the wheels. The wipers were designed for the Micro-Trains Z scale F-7 to prevent similar stalling, but they just happened to fit nicely into the wagon. They look ugly, but can't be seen in normal operation when the wagon is viewed from the top or side.
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    zeeglen Member

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    here's the underside

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    closeup of wiper contact

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    wiring and hole clearances for one side to prevent shorting. Screws are 00-90.

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    Needed a drawbar to permanently couple the wagon to the loco and provide the electrical connection. This is made of 1/32" thick double sided printed circuit board stock.

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    The other end of the drawbar ready to go into the wagon draft gear pocket.

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    The finished train. Next time I will use black wire, you can see a little bit of brown where it comes out the bottom rear of the locomotive. Also should have narrowed the drawbar in the middle so I can glue down a scanned and printed image of a mated coupler pair so it looks a bit more prototypically proper. Live and learn.

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    When you figure that the whole train is less than 4" long and 1/2" wide, that's some mighty fine engineering:thumb: