Removing HO rolling stock wheels

 
  TedFreeman Locomotive Driver

Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
I need to remove some non-insulated wheels from pointed axles so I can put insulated ones on for double insulated wheelsets.

Anyone have any suggestions how to push the axle out without damaging the point of the axle.

Reassembly is not a problem.

Ted (Teditor) Freeman

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  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Put one of those little brass bearings you used to get (can still get?) from Joe's over the pinpoint, a slotted bit of thick metal behind the wheel and a tube that pushes against the slotted bit of metal and long enough to contain the rest of the wheelset plus a little bit extra for movement. Push it out in a vice.

Like the old way of getting worms off X-04 motors.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
I need to remove some non-insulated wheels from pointed axles so I can put insulated ones on for double insulated wheelsets.

Anyone have any suggestions how to push the axle out without damaging the point of the axle.

Reassembly is not a problem.

Ted (Teditor) Freeman
TedFreeman
An other (alternative) method.

Using a brass conical bearing may still damage the pinpoint, depending on which brass item is harder.  More than likely the pinpoint will suffer some distortion.

Obtain a length of hollow brass tube slightly smaller than the axle diameter. The internal hole will fit over the pinpoint and prevent any damage to it by applying force to the pinpoint shoulder instead.  The brass tube may be cut to any desired length and replaced/cut/renewed as necessary if damaged.  Proceed as per the earlier post.

Happy wheelying,

John
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Ted save yourself some grief and hard work. Auscision wheels are double insulated straight out of the packet. Just check what axle length you need and what diameter wheel and you should be able to clip one out and put the double insulated ones in. This is for HO as you have not specified what scale you need.

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