Just wondering how most of you crimp the rivet on sliding pick up shoes?  I've been using a wide head center punch,  but thinking there's got to be a better way. I'm sure there's a tool out there that I don't know about.

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Brakeman Riveter. 

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

Hobby horse press was one of the best purchases I made when setting up shop. For the novice maybe the brakeman riveter. A little pricey. I think Hobby Horse closed shop but they are available. More pricey. If you want to send it out I can rivet it for you. A couple dollars if you send the parts. I have parts if you don't.

Hobby Horse is still alive and up and running talked with them a couple of weeks back and got a new catalog and price list. 

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

I use the Brakeman riveter for the knuckle rivets. I like to use the original Lionel press for sliding shoes. It’s light weight makes it easier to feel the force applied to the sliding shoe. This rivet is sandwiching two pieces of plastic and it is important not to over do it. I use the Hobby Horse for just about everything else. I find it makes wheel work particularly easy.  I was on the Brakeman riveters web site recently and was surprised at the price. I think I paid less than $100 for my set at York years ago. 

RJT posted:

Hobby Horse is still alive and up and running talked with them a couple of weeks back and got a new catalog and price list. 

Do you have a contact number for them. I need a couple of wheel cups. Need cups for the wheels with the rod pins that protrude from the wheel.

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