HOn3 locomotive shops

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by Bill Nelson, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    I was cleaning up and organizing my train stuff, and I found a new motor that is just a tad smaller than the original motor. You want the biggest possible motor that will fit. bigger motors tend to be more powerful, and have beter slow speeds. this motor has very slow starting speed, and what looks like a very appropriate top speed. the gearing on this model is super smooth. I have cheated a ground wire from the articulated frame to the frame at the rear of the locomotive. I'm looking at adding electrical pick up on the insulated side of the drivers, but there isn't much room down there, so I may wait and see how well it runs. I cut off the brass coupler housing, as a first step to mounting a KD on this locomotive. I'm studying it to come up with a plan to paint this. I don't think basic black will work. it needs a Russian iron boiler, lots of bright work, a varnished wood cab, and perhaps a dark red color like the Baldwin Lake color that was popular. I'm going to have to learn some new painting methods. this locomotive can be a Guinea pig for painting my On3 4-4-0s . the black rubber flexible coupling on the shaft was not so flexible after 35 years. PFM had included a replacement, but it had petrified as well. I was able to use a piece of tubing from a pediatric central line on the shaft wide enough to fit a larger piece of tubing which I believe was for a nebulizer. it is super flexable, and allows great movement of the shaft, so the articulated frame can move very freely.

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    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

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    I aquired another Hon3 engine, before I got the last one modified and painted, so I'm getting behind. The new (old) locomotive is a nicely painted PFM / United C&S 2-6-0. this is an early model, and was tender drive. the motor ddid not work, but likely I would have remotored it anyway. I removed the straight stack with the bear trap cinder catcher . PSC makes two different Radley Hunter smoke stacks, and I hope to get one of those for this critter. in the mean time, I have a Bachman stack from a On30 Porter 0-4-0, which I can shorten, and make a credible stack till I can get my hands on a Radley Hunter stack.


    I have cut a blank of heavy brass stock, which is a tolerance fit in the motor hole in the tender. I'll use JB Quick to glue the brass bar crossways in the motor opening, which will give me a base to mount this tiny gear head motor from Microlocomotion.com the motor is has a 4:1 gear ration, which will give this locomotive awesome slow speed capability, and it's top speed will be reasonable. the locomotive will be a little loud, at top speed, but that is a worthwhile trade off good slow speed operation in my book. this is going to be fun.


    Both locomotives will need some extra electrical pick up on thier insulated side, and both need HOn3 KDs installed, which is going to be a bear. painting the Mason Bogie will be a bear, as it is so fancy it really deserves a fancy paint job. The 2-6-0 needs a green cab with a red roof, and a #2 pencil graphite job on it's smoke box. this is going to be fun!


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