Lima XPT Conversion

 
  jdmilne Beginner

Has anyone converted a Lima XPT dummy power car to a power car with a motor? If so, have you got any instructions?

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There is someone doing just that on Facebook. I'll try to find it.

David
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Has anyone converted a Lima XPT dummy power car to a power car with a motor? If so, have you got any instructions?
jdmilne
Obviously the big difference is the way the bogies are mounted.  
The motor bogie sits in a big hole with tabs to pivot.  The dummy uses a pin through a hole like the front bogie.

It would probably be easier to try and get a whole motor chassis to swap in.  You're going to need it's motor and power pickup regardless.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
on facebook search for this group: Australian Model Railroaders.

It's a post  by : Aaron Bernstein

Regards,
David Head
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
oops the links is how to make it  a XPT from a HST - my bad. Still it may be of interest.

david
  M636C Minister for Railways

Firstly, while the Lima XPT power car is about the right height and width, it is longer than a scale model since it is a 1/76 model of the British HST power car which is longer than the XPT power car in real life.

The real XPT has a wheel spacing very similar to the USA General Motors cab locomotives types F3 to F9.

These are readily available in HO but the chassis would be too short for the Lima body.

The hood units types GP38, GP40 to GP60 are longer but have the same bogies.

These might be suitable, and there are hundreds of such models available from many manufacturers.

The bogie sideframes are not correct for an XPT and these would have to be scratchbuilt using the Lima trailer bogies as a guide to the appearance.

Peter

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