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I am currently converting an Aristocraft Dash 9 (1:29th scale) to live diesel and will soon need a place to run it. I live near the Richmond, VA area. I would like to find a layout within a 2-3 hour distance. The layout has to have a minimum of 8 foot diameter curves.

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Matt,

Construction is still ongoing. But I will be able to post some pic and explanations soon(some time this month)

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I am in Lexington VA and have a 150+ foot dual track oval with 10' curves on the inside, 11+ on the outside and #8 turnouts. There are two waist high steamup bays for preparations. I also have a shop next to the track for work and repairs. I am less than 3 hours from Richmond at the intersection of I-81 and I-64W. Contact me off line for more information if you want to use my track. Since I'm retired, almost any day will do unless my wife steers me in another direction.
 

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I hope to have some pictures before the month is out. Construction is being aided mainly by the use of a table top CNC milling machine. So far I have produced an engine mount, servo mounting tray and generator mounts. I'm using a 4 stroke OS FS 30 engine. Yet to be machined is a gear box that will link the engine to the generator and the fuel tank will be machined as well. I am using an electronic speed controller with BEC (battery elimination circuitry) with also has reverse capabilty and can handle up to 24VDC and 15amps. I am using two channel radio. One channel for the servo that will operate the engine throttle for load control(climbing grades, accelerating, increasing the load that locomotive will be pulling/pushing). The other channel will tell the speedcontroller what direction and how fast or slow the locomotive will move.


There will be more details such as part numbers used and costs/manufacturers as well as pictures when I get the chance.


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I see that Pete Thornton has recommended my layout to you. I am just west of Leesburg, so depending which side of Richmond you are on it is anywhere between 2 and 3 hrs away. THE WALNUTS ARE MOSTLY OFF THE TREES, so the boming has pretty much stopped. However there are still lots to come up off the ground. If you want to come run, drop an email in the private messages. You would be most welcome.

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When you're ready to run out at Dr. Rivets's, wil this be a public demo? Can some of us other "Diesel Dogs" bring our toys out to support and welcome your project into the fold?


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HeavyFreight,

I don't know if you've done so already, but search this forum for 'diesel' and you'll see that you are not alone.

I hope to have the chassis of my second diesel locomotive running next week.

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I feel the need to ask this question. I hope it doesn't upset the purists, this is, after all, the "live steam" forum. What kind of motor do you connect to the gas engine to produce electricity (as far as efficiency and longevity is concerned)?
 

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I've requested a Live Diesel forum - no response. I guess that was a 'No'.

Most of the live steamers tolerate us. And most of 'us' are also live steamers.

To answer the question about the motor that I hook up to the gas engine:

I'm using an brushless DC motor (which acts as an alternator when spun by the gas engine) for my second locomotive:
http://www.anaheimautomation.com/manuals/L010231 - BLWR23 Series Product Sheet.pdf

I'm using the BLWR235S-36V-4000.

My first locomotive, which I've been running for several years, still has the same generator - a radiator fan motor. The alternator I'm using in the second locomotive should last almost forever - it has ball bearings instead of bushings and of course, no brushes to wear out.

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Sorry it took me so long to respond. But this demo will be a public demo. And all would be very much welcome to come out and share. Here is a photo of some of the progress. Shown here on the chassis is the engine mount, engine, throttle servo(for load control) and the generator/motor. A fuel tank, gearbox and electronics will be added in the coming stages.

Bryant, I apologize once again for the late reply


 

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After almost 3 years my live diesel is now complete. Dr Rivet I am now ready to take you up on your offer to run on your railway.
 
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