While I’ve been waiting for Shapeways to deliver my S scale CNR D-1 body, I’ve been collecting bits and pieces to detail it and the two trailers (C-1 and C-2) that it will eventually haul.
I’d been looking for suitable unpowered trucks without much success: D-1’s trailing truck had a 7′-0″ wheelbase, while the wheelbases for the trucks under the trailers were 6′-6″. Everything I found that looked right was too big – 8′-6″ to 9′.
Then it occurred to me that I was dealing with wheelbases more commonly found under interurbans, not mainline passenger cars. What I needed was parts for S scale traction modelling – the kind of stuff done by William Flatt:
Fortunately, William is also a manufacturer. So I checked out his catalogue of S scale traction parts, and found exactly what I needed:
This is a 6′-6″ side frame – bang on the for the trailers and close enough (in S, anyway) for the rear of D-1. I ordered enough for the train set, plus truck bolsters. I still need to clean up the castings so I’ve only temporarily assembled a truck with a drop of CA on each end of the bolster, to get an idea of how it goes together. The wheels are 36″ NWSL finescale. I must decide whether I’m adding bearings inside the white metal. While my gut instinct is that I should, I also know live steam enthusiasts who do not and have not had problems with much heavier equipment. The axles turn at fairly slow speed, after all. But I’ll talk to my machining experts about that…
While ordering the trucks, I ordered some other parts from William, too:
(William’s service was exceptional, in case you’re wondering. S scale lives and dies by small suppliers and it’s good to have guys like Williams helping the rest of us build models and layouts.)
My haul includes seats for the trailers, plus underbody and roof details. It’s not everything I’ll need to finish the project – and there’s probably a bunch of stuff in the pile that I will not need. But it’s a start, and while I install these parts I can figure out what else I need, and where to find it.
Meantime, I can build trucks and determine how I’m going to mount the trailing truck at the rear of D-1. My friend Ryan Mendell, who cut the frame for me, left a large opening on purpose because we did not know what type of truck would be used here, and we wanted room for pick-up wires.
The D-1 body should arrive next week.