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 Post subject: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:31 pm 

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Looking for one of these, but in Narrow Gauge.

http://www.carsoncolorado.com/images/MOWlaws.jpg

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David


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:30 pm 

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Your best bet would be to shorten the axles on a standard gage trailer.

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:07 am 

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You know the ends of those axles are tapered. Easier said than done.

Also, one axle is "split" with a simple differential arrangement to allow each wheel to turn independently. This is so crews can take the car off at a crossing by pivoting it 90 degrees. (hard to do with the rims fighting each other). The two half-shafts are of different lengths. If you build a car with 1 short and 1 long halfshaft, it comes out standard gage. If you use two short halfshafts, it comes out 36" gage.


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:01 am 

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All it takes is a lathe...or a welder. It isn't difficult..... practically blacksmithing.

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:58 am 

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Thanks guys, but I'd rather not do damage to a standard gauge trailer that might come in handy for someone else.

I'll figure something out...

David


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Narrow Gauge Speeder trailer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:26 pm 

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There's always mine and industrial rail equipment dealers. You might need to make wider axles to expand these to 3 foot gauge. Many of the carts use wheel hub mounted roller bearings, so it's a much easier cut and paste alteration, and you can build a frame out of whatever you have handy.

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