Power truck

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by jon-monon, Aug 16, 2002.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Anyone know where I can buy a universal power truck? I need one to fit a small industrial switcher (Plymouth CR-4).

    jon
  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

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    Black Beetle

    Jon,

    Steam Era Models in Australia make and sell self contained powered bogies. Called "Black Beetle". A link is here There is a drawing/pic of them at the top of the page. Just 1/2 $AUS for $US.

    I have used two of these so far and have had no probs, even with a load trailing.

    They are used worldwide it appears. Specification, installation and usage doco is here

    They are represented in the UK by Branchline Models. I don't know of a US based distributor, howver Steam Era Models do take international orders.
  3. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Powee truck

    Hi Jon and welcome aboard.:)

    Check out www.nwsl.com they have something very similar to what Woodie described. They call it "The Flea"
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Thanks to both of you for your tips. I had been to the NWSL site looking for gears to make my own powertruck, but didn't notice the flea. Other thot's: I might try using an F-units power truck. The one I have fits nicely, but uses the other truck for power pickup. I thought of using a gandydancer set as a power truck, but the wheelbase is way too short. It would be comical to leave the guys on it and let spectators wonder what the heck they're doing inside :)

    jon
  5. Woodie

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    What's a "gandydancer"??? :confused: :eek: :confused: :eek:

    Is that sorta like a hootenanny on wheels?? :rolleyes: :)
  6. Vic

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    Hi Woodie, A "Gandydancer" does not work in a strip club:D :D :eek: Its a North American term for a trackworker. Just where and what the origin of the name is I don't know but I'm willing to bet that someone on here does and will enlighten us both:) :D I've sorta wondered where the term came from myself.:confused:
  7. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Jon,you might concider an older Bachmann GE 44 tonner or 70 tonner. The have two independant self-contained power trucks and are quite adaptable to all kinds of HO and On30 critters.:D The newer 44 tonners won't work because they have altered the mech. so it now only has one motor powering both trucks.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    "Gandy dancer" is sometimes said to come from the appearance of the men spiking down the track -- looks like a goose dancing. I don't completely trust this explanation.

    Doesn't PFM or Tenshodo have a SPUD power truck?
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    http://www.bachmann-trains.com/asp/full?pcode=46202

    I never heard them called a Gandy Dancer until I saw the Bachman Gandy Dancer for ~$12 and ordered it from train world. The first time we fired it up and ran it around the test track the wife and I both got at least a $12 laugh out of it, $12 ea. X 2 = $24 - $12 (purchase price) = $12 proffit. You can't affordt not to order one. What a hoot. It's so funny because the guys jump up and down so fast they are a blur. A complete riot. Otherwise, mostly useless.

    jon
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    If you believe everything (anthing?) you read on the internet:

    This is from:

    http://www.polkcountytourism.com/gandydancer.html
  11. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Gandy Dancer

    Well so far both explainations are very plausible but I tend to lean toward the one about the Gandy Tool Co....but they do kinda look like a goose dancing too:D

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    Now thats the way to put down a rail!!!!!:eek:
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    I mentioned the talk here about the origin of the name GandyDancer to my wife. According to her Gandy is a word that means work song. I dunno, but there might be something to it since the work was performed to the rhythm of music alot.

    just thought I'd add it to the list. :confused:

    t.
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    But could Gandy mean work song because of Gandy Dancers? (I see a chicken or an egg in there somewhere.)
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    OK, so I got an older 44 ton GE from e-bay. The wheelbase is too short, about the same as the gandy dancer. Both trucks are dead on this one anyway. Perhaps a bigger issue is the little bugger is so cute :rolleyes: how could I rip the trucks out of it!?!?!?! I just can't bear to sacrifice one dinky to save another! Anyways, do you know if the 70 jobby has the same trucks or are they a longer wheelbase? Or does anyone know of an F unit that has independant power truck(s)? An F7 truck is about right, and I gots no problem ripping the guts out of an F7 :mad:

    On the bright side of the e-bay deal, I got two other switchers that run; an EMD unit which I will toss a pic up to try to find out who made it, and a weird dinky made in yugoslavia. The EMD runs very smoothly and just needs a little plastic repair, railings and two of the four side frames. The yugo runs too, but it's a cheapie.

    jon