Does Anyone Model/Run European Trains?

RailRide posted:

I would like to scratchbuild an adaptation of the European rolling-highway (Rollende Landstrasse or RoLa) trains used to ferry tractor-trailers and their drivers:

Of course these are not available in 'O'. They do exist in HO scale, and I have on more than one occasion thought about acquiring a set of the HO cars in order to clone them in O from sheet styrene. The biggest problem however is the oddball four-axle trucks these extra-low flatcars ride on:

Image result for rollende landstraße bogie

Making the sideframes would be a challenge, but the wheelsets could be a show-stopper...the best information I can get my hands on suggests they max out at about 13"-15" in diameter. Anyone know how to make (slightly more than) quarter-inch diameter wheelsets for 3-rail track? I suspect a lathe may be necessary, but I don't have access to or anyplace to put one, much less operate it.

But if those issues could be overcome, getting tractor-trailers to put in them would be the easy part.

---PCJ

Well if you visually disect that truck, it appears to be a superliner truck with an extended bolster to accommodate the steel rotating joint.

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Miketg posted:

Hello everyone, just thought I would add some video of a Bavariain locomotive I pickrd up some time ago. She did not run, but by cleaning the gears well and realigning the motor mounts, she runs pretty well. The question is should I add a decoder and sound?

Miketg

 

That thing is pretty cute.  Go for it!

RailRide posted:

I would like to scratchbuild an adaptation of the European rolling-highway (Rollende Landstrasse or RoLa) trains used to ferry tractor-trailers and their drivers:

Of course these are not available in 'O'. They do exist in HO scale, and I have on more than one occasion thought about acquiring a set of the HO cars in order to clone them in O from sheet styrene. The biggest problem however is the oddball four-axle trucks these extra-low flatcars ride on:

Image result for rollende landstraße bogie

Making the sideframes would be a challenge, but the wheelsets could be a show-stopper...the best information I can get my hands on suggests they max out at about 13"-15" in diameter. Anyone know how to make (slightly more than) quarter-inch diameter wheelsets for 3-rail track? I suspect a lathe may be necessary, but I don't have access to or anyplace to put one, much less operate it.

But if those issues could be overcome, getting tractor-trailers to put in them would be the easy part.

---PCJ

Might look at older Marklin HO wheels and mount them on a O gauge axle.

Stone Rhino posted:
BetaNuSigmaPhi posted:

Myself I apply three different manufacturing techniques separately or combined: tinplate coating, 3D printing and laser cutting. All processing machines I use, are low budget DIY products. Injection molding, brass etching, die casting and tampon printing are not in my budget unfortunately. Here is one of my own European projects, the German experimental electric locomotive E03 in rapid raw 3D print and handpainted and decorated bodyshell (without pantographs so far), firstly for Scale 1 (1:32), later also O gauge (1:45) and S scale (1:64)...[by the way, Piko (G scale) and Märklin (scale 1) are making only the series version Baureihe 103]...

PS: If someone is not happy with my low standard results, then he should show us here right now his own high standard results, it's very simple.

I am completely onboard with this idea and have considered it my self. Especially for fabricating parts. Even what I see here with the E03 is more than impressive enough to consider doing this for my O scale.

Light sanding the surface could remove some of the noticeable printing ridges.

Also, there is a paint that will fill in those printing defects and make it smooth. I will look to see if I can find it.

The depicted poor 3D-printing results are due to my cheap DIY 3D printer for 150 USD. Learning by doing I have managed to improve the printer settings which reflected on the better surface quality. But still cannot compete against expensive 3D printers like https://www.3dhubs.com/3d-printers/ultimaker-2 . If I compare to Märklin's scale 1 E03 model, which is over my budget and to Piko's G scale, which is in squeezed length, then I thing a scratch-built E03 or DB BR 103 could be a realistic alternative in any bigger scale (S, O,1,G).

BetaNuSigmaPhi

I am surprised to see this discussion here, this being O scale land. 

I have a collection of mostly 60's-70's european models in HO scale. I have enough track and trains to build a layout with it in fact, but have not had the time. But the european stuff is a weakness, especially models like the Rivarossi articulated steam locos.

 

Still need to find a model of one of these. I was able to get some shots of it in Slovenia last year.

 

My true weakness has always been the smaller locos in both steam and diesel.

 I have the Kof that is shown and also a Italian 214 switcher.

Keep yer countin' to your own **** rivets!

That's what the "that you don't need" post was about.  I had just realised you'd be looking for non-spoked..  You could fill any dishing I'd think.

   I have some large flange AHM; but don't know the code, just that it's not so hot on tube track. (great on Super-O)

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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