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 Post subject: Re: Mystery "streetcar" in Petosky, MI - origins?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:20 am 

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Highly interesting detail that a supposedly-inflexible T1 is rated for tighter curves than a GG1 at each given speed. Doug, I think this 'table' deserves its own thread here, as very few people reading this thread are likely to open the image and read the note on the side and then go down to the bottom...

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery "streetcar" in Petosky, MI - origins?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:48 pm 

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Jim Vaitkunas wrote:
I'm no expert on Fairmount motor cars, but I suspect the "truck" under those Valley Fair cars did not come from Fairmount, Buda, Kalamazoo or any other manufacturer. It was a really weird looking thing with very small diameter wheels, i.e., in the neighborhood of 15-18 inches or so. The wheels looked like Lionel wheels with deep flanges.

Well, the standard Fairmont wheel is 16”. It comes in either stamped (the ubiquitous speeder wheel, bolts to a cast hub) or cast (which are solid dished wheels). The other standard size is 20", also on stamped or cast, but usually cast. The flanges are smaller than RR, bigger than streetcar (they will flange-ride on streetcar track) but look outsize large on such a small wheel. The cast versions are common on MoW equipment.

All of them differ from pressed railroad wheels by having a tapered hub, which mates to a tapered wheel shaft via insulation cones. This is so makers have the option of insulating the car from the track circuits. I assume someone sells steel "insulation cones" which obviously shunt. Otherwise omitting the outer disc insulator will usually have that effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery "streetcar" in Petosky, MI - origins?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:25 am 

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See "Classifieds". This contraption is apparently now for sale.

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