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« on: November 27, 2007, 10:12:44 PM »

I have a bumblebee annie and a Rio Grande Southrern annie, both with a bit of a lope.  Do all annies have this peculiar gate.  The bumblebee had a bit of flash left on the main drive gear which I removed and after about a year of running the lope has subsided to almost unnoticable.  The RGS had a malformed piece in the valve gearing which I corrected but it lopes worst than the bumblebee did.  The RGS is still what I would consider not broken in, but this is going to be hard to solve.  I also have a piece of valve gearing that seems to be stuck on the bumblebee, its the highest part of the gearing, and is shaped like a teardrop on its side.  The RGS with the same gearing moves and seems seperate from the shaft that runs under the boiler.  The bmblbee seems to be fused to the same shaft.  Maybe one is made different than the other, I dont know, can anyone help with this?           
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007, 02:47:00 AM »

To a certain extent.
How loose are the drivers on the axles?
Often, lead drivers are the loosest, and need a washer under the screw, plus some 222 LockTite on the threads.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007, 10:44:42 PM »

not very loose, and I am familiar with that fix since I have done it on the bumblebee.
Barry BBT

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007, 11:35:46 PM »

Disconnect the mainrods and make sure they are not hindered by bad spots in the crosshead guides.  If you locate a bad spot (teardrop shape) file it smooth and not effective.

I wish I could understand your description better.

Barry - BBT

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Loco Bill Canelos

Model railroading since 1947

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 11:45:28 PM »

Wilson.  I do not know if this will work.  I saw it on another website and copied it for reference.  I wish I could give proper credit, but I can't find the original again.  Perhaps it will help. 

"She had a definate hitch in her get-along. At slow speeds she would hesitate badly whenever the side rods reached the same spot in their rotation. I've experienced this problem with a number of 10 wheelers in the past and have a quick cure that has once again worked and she runs as slow and smooth as I would expect.
If your loco does the same, simply remove the side rods and use a reamer to slightly enlarge the holes in the rods. The little extra slack allows things to move without a hitch and compensates for wheels that are apparently slightly out of quartering."

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Loco Bill,  Roundhouse Foreman
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2007, 08:59:34 PM »

Thanks Bill, thats a great idea, I'll try it.       
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