RAPIDO to Knuckle couplers...N Scale Loco conversion to HOn30 Narrow gauge locos

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ckj6900

New Member
Hi guys....
am fairly new here and I live in Berlin Germany.....
But here is my question..
I bought 4 used ATLAS engines..the older ones with the couplers attached to the trucks.
But they are the RAPIDO style and I am trying to find a replacement knuckle coupler that can be installed in the same pocket.
so any help is highly appreciated.Also looking for a reliable source / Train Supply House. They have them here but US stuff is
either not available or only parts there of. And new engines etc are extremely expensive...like US manufacturers List Price.....
So any help is greatly appreciated.
Oh and I actually model in HOn2 1/2 but I use N Scale Engines and convert them.
here is a Arnold US engine now converted. I kept the original body..Hood Elements and built around it...it still needs some more detail.
I thank you all and have a great weekend
Chris
 

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ckj6900

New Member
Hi, went a bit further with my conversions.....
Here are some in the works.
I love the Rio Grande Logo...so I will keep it. Is there a prototype...I would say no...but who cares...narrow gauge mining ...everything is possible....
also converted one in all black....
All of them need more details. Already on order from Shapeways.
For the cars, I converted the long HOe LILLIPUT cars. They where shortened, distressed and weathered. I bought 6 of them quite reasonably on E Bay. # had the Break Stage left on, 3 where converted without.
Here is a picture of the original car body and for comparison, the shortened one.
then the distressed, weathered ones.
I will post more pictures of the Loco conversions as I go along
Cheers to all....stay healthy !
Chris
 

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ckj6900

New Member
Hi,
now I like to introduce the layout.
The first 4 pictures are of the one that inspired me.
The last one is the current stage of mine....
It is 100 X 61 CM wit an elevation change of 0 to 5.5 CM . The upper siding will service the planned quarry are. The lower siding with a 30 degree switch will go to the office / oil facility and an eventual extension.But to guarantee good reliable operation I would have to use a 15 degree switch moved back to the area under the bridge.The idea is a Crusher facility with a return loop...but at this stage just an idea.....
I have started on the Face shovels for the quarry.
I did want one of a bit of SUBSTANCE, but due to the space limitations I came up with a compromise.
I started with a 1 : 60 scale WIKING model as seen in the first picture. Then I changed the cab to match 1:87...with some other changes it will be small enough to fit but look large enough to show substance.
The last picture shows a UB 80 shovel. A bit smaller and it will be ,after some changes, parked as a comparison.....
Anyone looking for a great mining shove in HO scale,, SHAPEWAYS has on I fell in love with. Unfortunately a bit too big for my space.
The designer made 3 versions of the same machine as used in different times/areas. And the price is not too bad either $ 120,00
I know i am bouncing around but that keeps me from getting bored. We all have some things we totally LOVE doing and then there are the things we NEED to do.....so a bit of variety helps.
On this note enjoy and a HAPPY NEW YEAR filed with GREAT PROJECTS
Chris
 

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ckj6900

New Member
Hi,
First of...A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all !
Ok...went a bit further on the Shovels.....Now the finer work begins...
And for the Locos, the parts I ordered in the States came the last day of the year...
And I attached the Air Tanks to the 2 black ones.....now they need the air lines etc and some other details.
Until soon.....
Cheers
Chris
 

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Rico

BN Modeller
Wow how did I miss this?
Very nice Chris, quite inspiring!
Oh, and welcome aboard, looking forward to seeing more...
 

ckj6900

New Member
Hi Rico,
appreciate it ! I went a bit further along. I got my Decal Sheet from MICROSCALE for the TEXAS MEXICAN RR.
The primary reason for the Decals, It had enough Logos for quite a few Engines and it loosely fit my Layout idea.
A South Western Mining RR on border, that works both sides and thus would allow foe modified European rolling stock....
So here we are.....
Now more detail is needed...like Railings etc.....and of course weathering and heavy use distress.....
enjoy
Chris
 

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