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rhbroehl
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New builder

Post by rhbroehl » Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:31 pm

Hi,

My name is Rob and my son and I recently purchased an unfinished LE 0-4-0 that I could use some guidance in completing.

I have restored cars, tractors, other equipment but nothing quite like this but looking forward to the challenge.

One of my first questions has to do with the suspension. The PO made the left springs out of solid steel blocks milled to look like leaf spring packs. I have done some research and have read where people state the using real spring steel to make the packs results in springs that really do not do anything at all since they are too stiff. Is this correct or should I make up springs?

Again, this is just the start. I will also be looking for help on throttle valves, plumbing, lubricator, etc....

Thanks

Rob

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Re: New builder

Post by NP317 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:32 pm

I would use the solid "pseudo-spring" blocks first.
After you have the locomotive running and feel confident, you can always replace the blocks with real springs.
But it should not be required for your 0-4-0, as long as it has a 3-point suspension.
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Re: New builder

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:53 pm

Buy the blueprint set if you don't have it already. There are a bunch of these LE 0-4-0s out there running, so it is a good design. I prefer leaf springs, but they are not a requirement. On an 0-4-0, the front axle needs to have some pivot ability, springing or something so it can follow the track.

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Re: New builder

Post by Erskine Tramway » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:39 am

Welcome, Rob.....

One thing you can do, is bore a hole up into the center of the spring block to fit a coil spring, in one pair of blocks. That will give you the three-point suspension you're looking for. You can then find an appropriate coil spring for the amount of movement you need.

Mike
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BN RR Locomotive Engineer 1977-2014, Retired

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Re: New builder

Post by FLSTEAM » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:40 pm

Rob you might post where you are from....

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Re: New builder

Post by rhbroehl » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:17 pm

Thanks for the suggestions so far. Also, we are located in Johnstown Ohio which is 30 miles NE of Columbus.

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Re: New builder

Post by FLSTEAM » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:58 pm

I am from Worthington, also have a summer home in Bucyrus.

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Re: New builder

Post by FLSTEAM » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:02 pm

Have you been to Mill Creak Central RR? Great RR and lots of nice people to ask questions to. Just a hop skip and a jump from you.

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Re: New builder

Post by rhbroehl » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:22 pm

I too am from Worthington and my parents, brother, and in-laws still reside there. We have also been to MCC a few times and that is what helped me get over the hump and get into the hobby.

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