Any source for O gauge Dorfan engine replacement wheels?

Having just participated in the Ives replacement wheel discussion, I was reminded that I need replacement wheels for a Dorfan #54 O gauge engine. The wheels, as usual are cracked and yet the body and motor parts are perfect. I want to make this a runner with the original motor. Does anyone make replacement wheels for Dorfan? The web has not yielded any results.

Eric Hofberg

TCA, LCCA

 

 

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Dorfan was notorious for poor castings, warpage and so called zinc pest.  Dorfan locomotives are hard to find in any kind of condition and if you do find one it will more than likely be a mess to restore.  This particular locomotive has spoked drivers with a gear integral with one set of wheels.  I've never seen one up close, but if the wheels are zinc alloy castings, good luck.  If they are sintered iron like a lot of Lionel wheels were and still are, you may be able to have some one carefully machine the treads and install a steel tire made out of barstock complete with flanges and shrink fit it to the wheel.  Not a major effort for anyone who owns a lathe and knows how to use it.

Only issue with brass or bronze wheels is that brass/bronze and steel (rail) is the perfect combination for a bearing surface (wheel slip/limited traction).  You may want to have a groove machined in the tread for a traction tire or, as mentioned, a shrunk on steel tire to improve traction, particularly with a heavy locomotive and tinplate cars.  I have a couple of British O gauge contemporary tinplate locomotives and they slip like crazy if I try to pull more than 10 fifteen inch passenger cars.  They have nickle silver rims.

Tinplate Tom posted:

Only issue with brass or bronze wheels is that brass/bronze and steel (rail) is the perfect combination for a bearing surface (wheel slip/limited traction).  You may want to have a groove machined in the tread for a traction tire or, as mentioned, a shrunk on steel tire to improve traction, particularly with a heavy locomotive and tinplate cars.  I have a couple of British O gauge contemporary tinplate locomotives and they slip like crazy if I try to pull more than 10 fifteen inch passenger cars.  They have nickle silver rims.

Dorfan sets generally came with 2-4 cars so that shouldn't be an issue. As delicate as these are by now, I would not want to chance overloading them anyway. Good info though.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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