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Does anyone know about the Aristo (ART29351) replacement motor blocks with sideframes? Are these the newer motor/ball bearing system they use today? What type of motor is used in them? I want to try to scratchbuilt something and will start with these, but I just wanted a bit more info.

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Yes, they are the new ball bearing blocks. Not sure on the motor type but its pretty strong. I have one in the bottom of my bashed boxcab and it will easily pull 10 cars on fairly level track -



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In my humble opinion the AC 2 axle motor blocks are the best available. Very smooth running. They have a 3 point suspenson for semi equalisation.
 

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Do the USA blocks come with sideframes? One of the reasons I wanted the Aristo blocks is that they come with the sideframes I want to use.
 

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the USA block does not come with the side frames. Also, the axle protrudes out through a side frame on the 20 tonner version.
I just left them in place, but they could have been cut off.

PS, I run at shows and the Towmater gets a lot of attention from people of all ages. Yesteday I finally added the single headlight with an LED.
 
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