Reply to "Powering a McKeen Car"

Originally Posted by Madison Kirkman:

I have bought Lionel trains from the EBay guy before, but I don't want to have to cut a truck in half, rather then just buy a gear box, like Burlington Route added a link to.  I think however, I would not have enough room for the gearbox the B.R. told me about, because it would have to turn it 90 degrees.  I think that that would be my best bet, but a little modifications.

 

"Rookie"...I'm pokin fun at ya here...yes, the gearbox will have to be 90 degrees...now whether you put the motor facing straight up or on its side is up to you and your projects clearances...going to left field and splitting the difference you can 45 degree the motor too.  Your chassis/floor will need a hotdog type of cut out to clear the gearbox swing whatever it's orientation/angle and a strong pivot point from the opposite end of the gearbox...trolley guys do it all the time...{with their pole sticking up though}.

The easier way would be to find a twin axle power truck and put it on the rear truck, then all you'd need would be a single pivot point and a hole for the power leads{"most" have a center rail roller to tap off of}. You'd just have to find one with the same, or close enough, axle spacing.

You know its a good kit bash or build day when there's alot of plastic shavings under the workbench - or- that I really need to clean up the floor again.

-Bob

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