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Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:42 pm
by WJH
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I am taking this project in an entirely new direction that I believe will benefit the community. I decided to create a GIT repository for my GE 44ton locomotive. GIT is basically version control, which is a standard in the computer programming world, but has been increasingly used for projects involving a lot of cad files.
What this basically means is that you can either download the files directly, or you can create a free GIT account which will allow you to make a "fork" of the project. With your own personal "fork", you can make changes to the project, while incorporating changes that I make to the main project. The changes you make to your own fork can be submitted(pull request) to me, and I can incorporate the changes to the main project if I like them. This basically turns my locomotive project into a community project.
GIT takes some practice getting used to it, but it is well worth it.
Here is the link to the project,
https://github.com/RB211/GE-44ton-Locomotve
Some notes, this project will stay a "Solid Works" project since the Experimental Aircraft Association has made a student edition of the cad package available to its membership which costs 40$ a year. For Fusion360 users, you can still import the project files and convert them yourself, but if you want to contribute I request you use SolidWorks.

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:34 pm
by ERIE S-1 BERKSHIRES
Funny thing you mentioned this is one of my all-time favorite Little Engine, I'd like to build its Big Brother the wag Railroad 1700, 132 ton GE Center cab in 1.6 scale

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:12 pm
by WJH
ERIE S-1 BERKSHIRES wrote:Funny thing you mentioned this is one of my all-time favorite Little Engine, I'd like to build its Big Brother the wag Railroad 1700, 132 ton GE Center cab in 1.6 scale
Be sure to share it! With my design, you'd probably want to make the truck frames 1/2" instead of 1/4"

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Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:56 pm
by ERIE S-1 BERKSHIRES
The size of the 132 ton Center Cab trucks are 8 foot wheelbase??, I need to get back up to North East PA! I missed a few of the dimensions and The Equalizer bars this thing is a beast ,

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:42 am
by Benjamin Maggi
Love the 44-tonners! Thanks for sharing this info!

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:55 am
by dnevil
WJH,

Thank you for making your GE 44 ton project open-source. I believe this will be the path to future success for the Live Steam hobby. Open-source has done wonders for the software sector. Even Microsoft incorporates open-source in their products!

I suggest you label your project as open source so that users know what their rights are regarding its use. An easy way to do this is to apply a "Creative Commons" license to each file. See this link for more information:

https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/

For example, drawings that I create for the IBLS are marked as follows:
Copyright 2018 Daris A Nevil, IBLS
License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
In Fusion360 I add a "Comment" field to each drawing containing the text above.

For those that may not know what "Open-source" means, please see this Wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source

Regards,
Daris

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:07 pm
by duckman903
Are there any dimensions I'm in the process of building this engine in 2 1/2 scale for 7 1/4 gauge

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 3:02 pm
by duckman903
I've changed my mind (again) got tired of the old one LOL I''m going to 2" scale and 7 1/4 gauge, a friend has loaned me an April 1973 Model Railroader mag that has a center fold the GE 44 tonner, the nice part about 2" scale is just double all the feet into inches , such as 30' = 60" almost to easy.

Re: Open Source GE 44 ton 1.6" Diesel locomotive

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:39 am
by Benjamin Maggi
The September 1978 Model Railroader also has GE 44-tonner drawings, as do several issues (#51, 52) of Extra 2200 South magazine.