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Lost Lumber RR

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« on: July 10, 2007, 01:17:45 PM »

I just got a new 3 truck Shay.  The truck on the tender does not pivot.  Is it supposed to?  If it is, how can I correct it?

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Karl Reichenbach

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007, 01:38:11 PM »

It is not suppose to.  It is fixed.
Karl
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Lost Lumber RR

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007, 02:03:05 PM »

Great!  I appreciate the info. Grin
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Curmudgeon
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007, 02:28:52 PM »

The drawings and digitalmentation show it pivoting, but they discovered in testing the prototype model it doesn't work like the "real thing".

The coupler is truck-mounted, the drawbar is body mounted.
Try backing a long-ish train, and the term most closely applicable is "jack-knife".

If you were to body mount the coupler, you might be able to get away with the truck pivoting.
But I wouldn't.
Easier to get the thing on the track if you only have to align the water bunker.

Takes 5-10 minutes to make it free-pivoting, but the conversion is permanent if you want the factory locks.

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