The SD38 projects.

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Ray Marinaccio, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I recently got the chassis parts gathered for the 2 RPP SD38 shells I had.
    Athearn SD45 frames and SD6 trucks are used.
    The frames needed to be milled to fit the shells.

    The rear frame bolster had to be narrowed and some of the raised lip on the top of the frame removed.

    Some of the raised lip on the top of the frame needed removed on the front to clear the walkway.

    .050" was milled off the coupler pocket and the pad was shortened by .070".
    The mounting holes were relocated to mount a KD 30 series couplers and draft gear.
    The shells are held on by the 30 series draft gear.

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  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    The trucks needed modified to clear the shell
    A small notch was cut in the front gearbox.

    A larger notch was cut in the rear gearbox.

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  3. ross31r

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    cant you get SD38s RTR from Kato?
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Kato makes an SD38-2.
    Athearn came out with an SD38, however it is not accurate for CR and PC.
    I prefer DIY over RTR anyway.