Replacement Mechanism Lloyds Model Railways 40 Class

 
  SaltyDog Station Staff

Hello Everyone.
I am hoping the collective wisdom of the Forum members can help with my problem.
Many years ago I bought and made up a LMR 40 class.   They had a K & M mechanism.   It was a great model but after bringing out of storage I find that one axle of each bogie has lost it nylon gear that was fitted to the axle.   She still runs but at a snail pace.   I have run her with the bogies disconnected and the motor runs really well.   Connect everything back up again and she just crawls along.   The bogies are not seized, the axles with the nylon gears attached still rotate and the (dummy axles!) just free wheel.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a suitable fix, maybe a replacement mechanism.    I was thinking maybe, of two Black Beetles with an idler axle attached somehow and 40 class sideframes from Kerroby.   This arrangement would throw the bogie pivot point off centre but I imagine I could get around that one way or the other.

It is truly a shame that we have lost Main West, K&M and Hollywood Foundry.   If you want to scratchbuild or update or just repair any of your locos these days it is extremely difficult.

Looking forward to suggestions, tip, input whatever (just don't tell me to bin it!)

Cheers
Col

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  brissim Chief Train Controller

I agree, its a pity we've lost such manufacturers of mechanisms as Hollywood etc. Only suggestion I can think of is to maybe pickup a used model of an Alco RSC-3 and see if you can fit the mechanism off that to your Lloyd's 40 Class model.

Tony
  SaltyDog Station Staff

Thanks for your response Tony.    I have just managed to acquire a new Atlas RSD 4/5 for a good price so I will see how it all turns out
Cheers
Col
  M636C Minister for Railways

Thanks for your response Tony.    I have just managed to acquire a new Atlas RSD 4/5 for a good price so I will see how it all turns out
Cheers
Col
SaltyDog
The Atlas RSD-4s have a good reputation.
I have the larger RSD-12 which uses the same chassis.

The bogies aren't quite correct being six motor bogies rather than four motor so the wheelbase of the bogie is too long.
But they don't look very different.
I think the Atlas chassis was one of the options suggested for the Lloyd's kit.

Peter
  Comoil46 Beginner

Suggest you have a look at Austrains NSW 80 class or 442 class bogies and modify mounts on existing chassis. Axle spacing is very close for the 40 class, just need to adapt your existing side frames or use Keroby castings.

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