Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby Murad » Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm

Desided to reassemble my HP 2-8-0 and accidentally broke the isolated connecting rod (((((
So anybody have it for sale?
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby tomvanhoy » Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:09 pm

If it is just the fiberboard connector, make a new one. Some folks have use styrene strips, or use the same material that HP used for their loco to tender connection.
I have to do the same thing and haven't found the time to do it yet.
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby krokodil » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:44 am

You can use a very thin PCB board (there are down to 0,5 mm thick strong copper plated fibermaterials).
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby Richard-B » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:38 am

krokodil wrote:You can use a very thin PCB board (there are down to 0,5 mm thick strong copper plated fibermaterials).
I think this approach is useful.

Find a readily available PC-board railroad tie... preferably out of the glass-fiber material, not the yellow phenolic, mill it to shape, gut a gap in the copper layer, and rivet AND solder it to the rod.
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:10 pm

Years ago, Elmer McKay made resin replacements for the fibre section of the insulated rod, and while he still had them available, I bought some. I will have to dig deep to see if I can find them, and hope that they are not in the box of TT scale stuff still at my father-in-law's place in North Dakota.
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby Murad » Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:34 pm

I'm not sure that i'm expirenced enough to replace that rivet. That's the problem.
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Re: Looking for HP 2-8-0 isolated rod

Postby Richard-B » Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:49 pm

Murad wrote:I'm not sure that i'm expirenced enough to replace that rivet. That's the problem.
If you can solder the circuit-board material to the rod... just solder in two plain brass pins; No need for rivets.
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