January 2003



Bogies and Chassis

Bumpers and Undercarriage

Cabin and Body

Roof and Fans

Optional Components

Mounting the components and The Track



The Bogies

The frame is constructed with 4” and 7” girders.  Across the top as pivot mount and motor mount are 4” flat girders.  Below the middle 4” flat girder is a 4” angle girder bolted together via their oval holes.  In the centre an 8-hole bush wheel bolted bush up as per the pivot.  One hole from the ends, 1” flat girders are bolted on the inner edge of the 7” girder and a trunnion (Fig 2a) bolted flush to it.  ” bolts are used, with a collar in between and another trunnion and 1” girder on the inside for thickness effect.

The wheels are built up from a wheel flange (p#137) and a face plate (p#109), spaced with plastic collars and ” bolts so not to distort the wheel flange. The wheels roll on 4” rods, spaced away from the inner trunnion with washers.

On the outer edge of the trunnions, chimney adaptors are bolted on. 11/8” bolts in the end hole hold a pulley and a piece of chain on as to represent the brake cylinders (Fig 2b).

2” threaded rods carry two 1” thin strips as steps and are held onto the center of the 7” angle girder lock nutted to collars (Fig 2c) bolted onto the girder.

An MO motor is bolted to the open face of the 1” square channel piece (p#160g). The motor shaft carries a worm.  The worm meshes with a ” pinion carried on a 2” rod in the top center hole. On the outer end of the shaft another ” pinion (Fig 3a) meshes with a 57T gear running on a 2” rod.  A 15T pinion (Fig 3b) rides face to face with the 57T gear.  The 15T gear meshes with a 60T on the 4” driving shaft. 

” angle brackets (Fig 3c) are used to bolt the 1” square channel piece to the underside of the 4” flat girder.  The switch actuator (Fig 3d) is bolted to the underside of the MO, spaced appropriately to actuate the switch on the track.   

The electrical pick up is a hinge (Fig 3e) bolted to the MO as insulation.  A 2” narrow strip is bolted to the other half of the hinge.  The screws with washers are to weigh down the pick up for better contact.  The positive wire to the MO is bolted to the 2” narrow strip and the negative to the frame of the bogie.


The chassis is started with bolting a 3” x 5” flat plate (Fig 4a) to the middle, oval holes of a 24” angle girder.  Bolt another 24” angle girder on the other side of the plate.  On either end of the 3” x 5” plate, bolt on a 3” x 5” plate.  Next, bolt on 2” x 5” plates to the ends of these.  Next is a 5” angle girder by its oval holes with outer edge facing toward the middle, 3 hole space and another 5” angle girder by its oval holes with outer edge facing outside. Next are two 5” strips next to each other and finally a 3” x 5” plate on the ends.  2” angle girders are butt joined to the 24” angle
girder on both ends, each side.  Bolt a 4” angle girder (Fig 4b) to the middle of the 24” angle girder by its round holes, on the outside to form a U girder.  Butt join two12” angle girders (Fig 4c) to the ends of the 4” angle girder to form a U girder along the length of the chassis. This will form the mount for the cover.

Using 2” strips (Fig 4d), bolt then in an X pattern between the 5” angle girders, front and rear.  On top of the X, bolt a double arm crank, boss up.  Bolt a 1” rod in the boss as the mount for the bogies.  The rod will pass through the bush wheel on top of the bogie, and be tightened with a collar underneath. 

Pick one end to be the front, and using two angle brackets, tighten a 5” strip (Fig 4e) on to close up the U girders.

Bolt two cranks (Fig 4f) to the 5” strip nearest to the foremost 5” angle girder.  This will be the pivot for the driver’s seats.  Bolt three 2” x 1” flanged plates over the top of the front 5” angle girders.

The same cover is done for the rear (optional).  On the rear cover, bolt a threaded collar (Fig 5a) to the centre flanged plate.  This will form the mount for the head end engine. 

Using 2” rods, lock nut a 5” angle girder (Fig 5b) to the end.  Spread evenly from the middle of the 5” angle girder, lock nut another two 2” rods.  Tighten collars one hole from the end on the side of the U girder as the outer railing supports.  Across the top of the 2” rods, lock nut a 5” narrow strip and fish plates on the end.  Butt join three 5” strips from the edge of the 5” angle girder to form the catwalk.

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