Bachmann LNWR coal tank conversion

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    • #240697

        Hi all

        I’m a very new member having joined yesterday at warley. I am modelling the LNWR in early 1900s and have a Bachmann LNWR coal tank to convert to EM. I bought the necessary bits from Alan Gibson yesterday. I’ve had a search around on here but couldn’t find anything specific. Has anyone completed the conversion and could help me? Photos even better. I have converted all my wagons and coaches but now comes the hard bit – the locos!! Help. Thanks Colin

      • #240925
        Dai Davies

          Hello Colin, and welcome. Many locos can be EMed just by pulling the wheels. You can buy a special gizmo for this, called a wheel puller! Mine is made by GW Models, and there may be others out there.
          For your Alan Gibson wheels, you will need a gear puller, also made by GW Models. You will also need a wheel quarterer. Remember to get spacing washers to go between the wheels and mainframe.
          I don’t regard myself as a superfine modeller, just average; and these are jobs that average modellers can easily do. If you get problems when you run the locos, it is generally a quartering week that needs to be done, or making sure the wiper contacts are spaced out to the new gauge. Easily spotted and easily rectified.
          So, breathe more brave and get on with it, cheers, Dai Davies

        • #240936

            Good news to report. The coal tank is now EM!

            The purchase of a GW models wheel press certainly helped ensure the wheels went on square. Quartering went slightly out but was fixed easily.

            Pleased I had cutting broaches to ensure the infill bearings in the Bachmann rods were a nice fit on the crankpins.

            Only issues found were that the plastic brake gear needed modifications to avoid it bearing on the flange (I removed part of the plastic from each), obviously the pickups needed amendment. The final issue was a small step half way along the running plate which fouled the rods. I thought about packing the wheels out to reduce the side play, but in the end I felt this might help on curves a bit, so I had to remove the step. My older EM coal tank kit didn’t feature this step anyway so it felt an ok compromise. Luckily there was space within the wheel splashers to enable EM width axles, just.

          • #240937
            Dai Davies

              Well done! What’s your next one?

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