HO TRACTION DETAIL PARTS                                 PAGE ONE
THOSE OF US AT AMERICAN MODEL BUILDERS, INC., WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF OUR LINE OF LASERKIT MODEL RAILROAD PRODUCTS ARE LIFELONG MODEL RAILROADERS. QUITE FREQUENTLY, WE DESIGN AND BUILD STUFF FOR OURSELVES, GENERALLY THINGS THAT DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE "MASS MARKET APPEAL" OR, THE PRODUCTION COST(S) OF THESE ITEMS PROHIBIT THEIR DISTRIBUTION THROUGH THE NORMAL DISTRIBUTOR/DEALER CHANNELS.

THEREFORE, WE ARE MAKING SOME OF THESE ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR DIRECT SALE, ONLY, FROM OUR INTERNET SITES. AS THESE "PRODUCTS" BECOME AVAILABLE, WE WILL MAKE NOTIFICATION EITHER THROUGH OUR SITES OR ON THE "
rgspemkt@yahoogroups.com" EMAIL LIST.

THIS PAGE INTRODUCES THE FIRST OFFERINGS OF OUR HO SCALE TRACTION/TROLLEY PARTS.
THERE ARE QUITE A FEW ITEMS THAT WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE.
"UPGRADE" AND DETAIL ITEMS FOR THE CANNONBALL CAR SHOPS
HO SCALE GE STEEPLECAB
OR......
HOW TO TURN THIS............
INTO THIS!!!
IN THE ABOVE VIEW, WE SEE THE BASIC
CANNONBALL CAR SHOPS' GE STEEPLECAB
KIT, ASSEMBLED AND SITTING ON
A PAIR OF POWER TRUCKS FROM A
BACHMANN 44 TON DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE.

THE CANNONBALL KIT IS VERY WELL DONE AND A WONDERFUL STARTING POINT FOR A FUN,
HO SCALE TRACTION DETAILING PROJECT.

WHEN I RECEIVED MY FIRST STEEPLECAB KIT,
I ASSEMBLED IT IN A MATTER OF MINUTES,
IT'S JUST THAT GOOD.

THEN, I SEARCHED FOR A PROTOTYPE THAT HAD
A TON OF "STUFF" HUNG ON IT.
SOMETHING THAT COULD REALLY MAKE AN
INTERESTING MODEL.

THE FT. DODGE, DES MOINES & SOUTHERN
LOCOS WERE EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

SO THUS BEGAN "THE PROJECT"
TWO SOURCES FOR PROTOTYPE PHOTOS OF
Ft. DODGE, DES MOINES & SOUTHERN EQUIPMENT.
PLUS, JUST VERY GOOD SITES OVERALL!
DON ROSS' PHOTOS
FIRST, SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE ABOUT THE TRUCK SIDEFRAMES. I MADE UP SOME
MASTERS FOLLOWING PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS OF THE "AS DELIVERED" GE-ALCO TRUCKS,
THEN MADE A SPIN CASTING MOLD AND NOW WE HAVE READILY AVAILABLE TRUCK SIDEFRAMES.
OUR GE-ALCO TRUCKS ARE SHOWN AT RIGHT.
INCLUDED ARE FOUR CAST WHITE METAL SIDEFRAMES AND FOUR LASER CUT ACRYLIC MOUNTING BLOCKS


ONCE THE MOUNTING BLOCKS ARE GLUED IN PLACE,
THE SIDEFRAME JUST PRESSES ONTO THE EXISTING MOUNTING PINS ON THE BACHMANN TRUCK.
THE GE-ALCO SIDEFRAME "KIT" IS
AVAILABLE FOR
$9.95, AND INCLUDES
ALL OF THE PARTS AS SEEN ABOVE.
SCROLL DOWN TO "ORDER PAGE" TO
PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR THESE TRUCKS.
NEXT, SOMETHING NEEDED TO BE DONE ABOUT THE HEIGHT AT WHICH THE
SUPERSTRUCTURE SITS  AS A RESULT OF THE BACHMANN POWER TRUCKS.
AFTER MUCH THOUGHT, I DETERMINED THAT IF THE BACHMANN MOTORS WERE
TURNED SIDEWAYS, THIS WOULD ALLOW THE CARBODY TO SIT AT THE
PROTOTYPE HEIGHT. THIS ALSO SOLVED THE COUPLER HEIGHT PROBLEM.
THIS, THEN LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A
NEW POWER TRUCK MOUNTING ASSEMBLY,
AND INTEGRAL SUPERSTRUCTURE SUPPORT
FRAME. THIS ADDS STABILITY TO THE MODEL, ALLOWS A SECURE AND RELIABLE MEANS OF ATTACHING THE "CHASSIS" TO THE CAR  BODY
WITH SCREWS, AND ALSO PROVIDES COUPLER MOUNTING "PADS" FOR RELIABLE ATTACHMENT
AT THE PROPER ABOVE RAIL HEIGHT.

THE POWER TRUCK MOTOR MOUNT AND
LOWERING KIT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR
$9.95
"CLICK" HERE TO GO TO OUR "ORDER" PAGE
FUTURE RELEASES WILL INCLUDE
THE Ft. DODGE, DES MOINES & SOUTHERN STYLE ROOFWALKS
AND "MATTING" ALONG WITH THE TROLLEY BASE "EXTENSION STAND" AND THE HOLD DOWN HOOKS.

IN THIS PICTURE YOU CAN ALSO
SEE THE HOOD ACCESS HATCHES,
AND THE SAND FILLER COVERS.

ALL PARTS ARE LASER CUT FROM WOOD AND ACRYLIC  (PLEX).

WE WILL ALSO HAVE LASER CUT ACRYLIC GLAZING FOR BOTH
WINDOW VERSIONS OF THIS KIT.
(ARCH & STRAIGHT TOP SIDE WINDOWS)
GO TO SIDEFRAME INSTRUCTION PAGE
GO TO LOWERING KIT PAGES
BACK TO "TABLE OF CONTENTS"
BACK TO HOME PAGE
BACK TO "GALLERY"
TO  ORDERING PAGE
TO "NEW PARTS" PAGE
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LOWERING KIT WAS DESIGNED TO BE USED
WITH THE "OLD" BACHMANN 44 TON DIESEL THAT HAD TWO MOTORS,
ONE EACH, MOUNTED ON THE TRUCKS. BACHMANN HAS CHANGED
THEIR DESIGN, AND THE "NEW" 44 TONNER HAS A SINGLE MOTOR
THAT DRIVES THE WHEELS BY USE OF A "STANDARD" POWER
TRAIN -- UNIVERSALS TO A GEAR TOWER, ETC.

THERE ARE USUALLY SEVERAL OF THE "OLD" MODELS LISTED
ON
eBay.   ONE WAY TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU ARE LOOKING
AT THE "OLD" VERSION, IS THAT THEY CAME IN THE BLACK
BOX WITH "SPECTRUM" PRINTED IN GOLD.

MAYBE IF BACHMANN GETS ENOUGH EMAILS REQUESTING THAT
THEY MAKE JUST THE "OLD" POWER TRUCKS AVAILABLE, WE'D
HAVE A READY SOURCE OF USABLE POWER TRUCKS FOR A
VARIETY OF TROLLEY/TRACTION MODELS!

CONTACT BACHMANN AT: 
sales@bachmanntrains.com
TO PARTS & INSTRUCTIONS DIRECTORY