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Did you buy that set that was on ebay last week? I noticed that in addition to the lack of side and main rods, that the side frames for the loco trailing truck were gone (they used thin castings from McCoy for that part, I have made up and 3D printed replacements for my loco.). You may be able to use Lionel 400E side rods as a substitute, the main rods and a little tougher.

Hi Jim, yes that was the set I bought primarily for the cars as I already have an engine. However I would like to fix the engine back to it's original state or some semblance of. I thought about using the Lionel side rods as the spacing is right, although as you know the motor is a McCoy. I would be interested in your trailing truck replacements if you had printed extras. Did you print them in plastic? I am still working with Sean who has been in contact with John Daniels widow about some other stuff but not sure it is going anywhere on the parts side. I also have a friend that owns a metal fabrication shop that I am going to contact to see if they can make some parts.

Craig

I can print these up at any time, I have a couple of printers.

What I learned is that the sideframes are actually cut off and bent portions of the McCoy E2 Cascade loco!, so took a 3D model that graciously shared by a member of this forum and digitally cut, bent and sliced the part then printed in one piece. Worked out very nice. And yes, it's a plastic part. Makes it easy to drill and fasten to the sheet metal truck frame. Painted, you can't tell, except I made my part thicker than the original.  One of the issues I had with one of my Hiawatha engines was that the side rod was too long and would bang into the end of the 'steam chest' bracket under the casting. Had to do some surgery there. I'll bet some part from a McCoy steamer was modified for those too.  Side rods can probably be filed out, wasn't sure if they had a different center distance.

Jim

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