European Chassis on US Locos

European Chassis on US Locos

Postby RodTT » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:06 am

In the absence of any suitable four-axle chassis/motor assemblies at present for any of the Shapeways US prototype body shells, does anybody know if any of the continental four-axle chassis, e.g. from Tillig or Piko, are suitable for conversion, and if so, how much work would be involved?

Ideally I'm looking at fitting a running mechanism to a four-axle Geep.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby krokodil » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:46 pm

The closest bogie is in Hercules (Siemens ER20) from Piko and Kühn. The length is different, but probably with new chassis you can use all traction parts for the EMD GP.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby Ullisbahn » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:01 pm

Hello
maybe the link will help you.

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https://www.tt-board.de/forum/wiki/?tit ... lbaukasten
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby RodTT » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:07 pm

Many thanks both. 3SMR here in the UK sell the Piko Hercules chassis, or at least they used to, so it's a possible project for 2019 if nothing more suitable materialises.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby Arseny » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:54 am

The BR218 chassis is good for the ALCO FA.
Look here:
using-br218-as-for-alco-fa-building-t1523.html

It is necessary to cut the ends a little and replace the truck (bogie) sides.

But I used it not for the Shapeways body, but for the resin body made by Possum Valley (copy of the old Kemtron brass model)

P.S. In addition: a "start" version of the BR218 exists, so you can use it - it is cheaper.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby RodTT » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:58 am

That's a neat piece of work Arseny. I think any conversion work I try though will be on a different diesel because I'm not a big fan of the F-series.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby RodTT » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:45 pm

Ullisbahn wrote:Hello
maybe the link will help you.

Greeting Ulli


https://www.tt-board.de/forum/wiki/?tit ... lbaukasten


Hi Ulli,
Thanks for this. Is the Piko Taurus in the list? I'm not familiar with European loco numbering. I'm thinking that if the Taurus chassis can be lengthened by around a scale 9 feet it may be suitable for a GP38 or GP40.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby MacG » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:48 pm

The Taurus is a 182.

Closer should be the 223 (ER 20), because of the matching center bolster and the near to the 9ft truck wheelbase. The wheels could be 9,2mm (43"). I don't own one. Only the motor has a larger diameter than it fits in a GP.
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Re: European Chassis on US Locos

Postby Robert B » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:14 pm

>Only the motor has a larger diameter than it fits in a GP.

Most of the road switchers have a hood and body that is about 6 feet wide.
So you will most likely end up using one of those costly Micro Motors or you may find a Chinese
motor that fits.
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