Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:14 am

After all, I've bought the start version of BR218, and it will be my attempt to use it as a power unit for ALCO FA.
The price was approx. $112, so I am sure it is inexpensive enough to use it for this purpose.
The model is nice, running smooth, and ready to install Plux12 decoder.

Now, I am removing the shell and throwing it away... :lol:
The model have rear lights (switching red/white), but if I understand everything well, we do not need rear red lights (am I right? :think: ) so we can remove them too.

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Seems it looks good, eh?

But there is a small problem. The shell can not "sit" on the chassis without any work:

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So I think I'll start to saw the chassis now.... :?

And then I'll try to remove truck sides to use PVM's ones. The German trucks are not too much alike with ALCO ones.
And I did not make a decision about fuel tank. It's necessary to saw the BR218 chassis to put the PVM's tank on its place...


Some links about ALCO FA on this forum:
pvm-alco-fa-and-fb-kit-build-t1330.html
br-218-donor-a-note-about-t1492.html
pvm-alco-fa-and-fb-kit-information-t1228.html
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby Marquette » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:29 am

What are you planning for the couplers?
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:34 am

I did not decide finally.
Maybe I'll use Kadee or Microtrain - if I find a good place for it.

Also maybe I'll try Dapol coupler. They can work with Kadee couplers, but have some problems with Mirco-Train ones.
And I am not sure they will be at the proper height, if I put them in NEM shaft of BR218... I must test.
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby Marquette » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:37 am

Thanks for the answer - I'm curious to see the results!
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:06 am

I started looking at this last night as well. If I get a chance tonight I'll shave down the chassis and get the shell on and go from there. Will report anything of value.
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:26 am

Oh by the way, for proper wheel size the wheels from a NOHAB should be used.
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby Arseny » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:48 pm

Are they much bigger?
I've bought one Nohab, but I've given it to Andrey Norkin to build SD45, so I can't compare.
Maybe the original wheels can work too? I do not have enough skill to replace the wheels on the loco...
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Re: Using BR218 as for ALCO FA building

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:45 pm

Alco FA has 40 inch wheels. The BR 218 has 8.3mm so that = 39.2 inches. NoHab is 8.5mm so that = 40.1 inches. Hmm, I guess BR 218 is not bad. Never mind. :wtf:
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Re: Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby scaro » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:49 pm

loco wheels often lose up to 3" off the tyre due to heavy use. given that the flange is going to be oversize anyway i would suggest 39.2" is quite prototypical.
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Using BR218 for ALCO FA building

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:39 pm

Yeah I realize that. That's why I never minded :)


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