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Pennsy4483
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 26th, 2014, 9:16pm »
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Last pic for tonight shows the power that will be used, three 8-volt batteries and one gel-cell 12-volt for various accessories.  BTW, my 24-volt charger can be seen in the last pic sitting on the frame.  I have to extend my thanks out to many folks for helping me out with my first locomotive build project (ok, rebuild in this case).  I have learned a lot along the way.  My latest thank you goes out to Scott.  We talked about trying to temporarily hook things up to test run it after the strap fabrication today, but I didn't have the bolster bolts with me.  Would've been fin with no controller just 12-volts of power!!!
 
Oh yeah, I have been talking trons with Mr. Moosey too.  This hobby has some really great people who are willing to help!
 
Don


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« Reply #21 on: Oct 26th, 2014, 10:22pm »
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I love the smell of progress in the evening. Keep up the good work and the updates.
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« Reply #22 on: Oct 30th, 2014, 7:56pm »
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Looking good Don!

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« Reply #23 on: Nov 16th, 2014, 7:55pm »
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Well I was hoping to have the 70 tonner back on the rails, but life and my job got in the way a bit.  Today I finally was able to spend some time in the shop.  Since the weather outside was just about perfect (70 degrees and no humidity) the first task was repairing some scratches and painting boo-boos that I found in the cab roof and the hood.  The roof just required a little sanding and another coat or two of red.  It didn't take long to get the roof completed.  The hood needed to be taken down to bare metal in a couple of spots and was primed.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to topcoat the hood yet again.  
 
After the paint and bodywork were done, I grabbed a pair of couplers and installed them on the frame.  I upgraded the non-functioning knuckle couplers to Tom Bee's cast steel ones - much nicer and fully functioning.  Next was the installation of the frame on the trucks for the first time (since the new trucks were completed).  I measured the coupler height and it was right where it needs to be.  I will have to re-measure after final construction is complete and the batteries are installed.  Below is a photo of the freshly mounted frame on the trucks.


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« Reply #24 on: Nov 16th, 2014, 8:03pm »
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I couldn't help but place the cab and roof assembly and hood on just to see how it all looks.  It's been a long time since the loco looked this complete.  My goal for this week is to keep on painting as long as the weather allows and begin the wiring job - wish me luck.
 
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 17th, 2014, 6:09pm »
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on Nov 16th, 2014, 8:03pm, Pennsy4483 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I couldn't help but place the cab and roof assembly and hood on just to see how it all looks.  It's been a long time since the loco looked this complete.  My goal for this week is to keep on painting as long as the weather allows and begin the wiring job - wish me luck.
 
Don
  

 
nice progress!  keep the wiring husky, simple and .... remember not to let the smoke out!
 
 


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« Reply #26 on: Dec 27th, 2014, 9:00pm »
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Merry Christmas everybody!  Over the past few days I have been able to work quite a bit on the 70 tonner which led to a shakedown run today at my friends track.  The test run got off to a shaky start but after a little test running on blocks, we placed the 70 tonner back on the rails and all went well.  Below are a few photos of the completed internal set-up and a few shots of the shakedown run.  I am so thankful for the assistance of fellow hobbyists, there are a lot of great people out there who are willing to help another out.

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« Reply #27 on: Dec 27th, 2014, 9:03pm »
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A shot of me running the 70 tonner for the first time after the rebuild.  This is the first time in over 8 years that the locomotive has run under its own power.

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« Reply #28 on: Dec 27th, 2014, 9:07pm »
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A shot of my son taking it for spin.

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« Reply #29 on: Dec 27th, 2014, 9:12pm »
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Finally a shot of me taking my daughter around for a ride.  All in all the day went well.  I do need to have to adjust some of the settings on the motor controller to reduce the top speed and reduce its sensitivity.  After that, adding details and ancillary systems.  Hope everyone has a happy new year!
 
Don


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