2015-01.1: TMTV January 2015 Edition - Act I

06 Jan 2015

Average: 3.7 (19 votes)
13:10 - January 2015 Act I - Changing loco gears/wheels (2015)

If you've ever wondered what it means to "quarter" a set of steam locomotive wheelsets, this segment will take some of the mystery out of it.  Roger Chrysler shares his tools and techniques for changing gears and re-aligning wheels on steamers.

Also in the January show:
  - Act II: Back to the Basement on wiring
  - Act III: David Jacobs' On30 Michigan-California Lumber Co.
  - Act IV: Scenery-forming and building a styrene bridge on The Roadshow

Act II: Back to the Basement on wiring ...

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This segment would have been so much easier to follow if there had been more illustrations or animation. A prepared script, slower hand movements also would have been helpful. Remember, for some of us, this is new.

One more comment.  The segment would have better if we had first seen the wheels removed from the locomotive, taken apart, lubricated and reinstalled into the locomotive.

This should not have been one of the four main acts...MAYBE an extra. Sorry to the presenter but not very clear on what was being demonstrated. How many people take their steam locomotives apart anymore to change gears?

I second the opinions contained in the first comments.

Still though, it's a valuable presentation and hard to find anywhere. I have the Quarterer but wasn't sure on how to use it.

I, for one, would like to see more steam locomotive how-to's. Especially taking apart the running gear and replacing gear boxes and connections to the motor.

Testing for continuity to isolate the motor for DCC installation and using springs to spring the axles so the drivers all contact the rails.

The list could go on and on.

How about it, Roger and Clark?

Thank you

This was very helpful, so much so, that it would be great to see more of this evolution.  It was obvious that Roger was nervous being on camera, but most of us are or would be as well.  This does not negate the presentation, so thanks Roger. I would like to see Roger come back and demonstrate more of the entire locomotive driver change out.  This is the first time I have ever seen anyone do this and I have to do this in the near future myself (was resigned to fumbling trough it) so this was a big help for the middle of the task.  Can we see the whole task next time?  Looking forward to it.

Roger, thanks for sharing and remember that camera is nothing more than a window so your friend can see and hear you better, cause we can't all fit in the studio.

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I agree, there was a lot of really good information, but because there were no close up's of the work, you really couldn't see what he was doing. I've used a wheel puller before, my dad had one for automotive work, so I know how they work, but I suspect most haven't. A little more detail would have probably been beneficial.

Also, with as important as aligning the drivers is, I think that was skimmed over too quickly. It seems obvious enough, but how many have found that they didn't align all their drivers correctly, the first time they pulled a wheel? Basically, if you set the driver down, and the drive pin on the left is at 12 o'clock, and the drive pin on the right is at 9 o'clock, you have the make sure that ALL of your drivers can be set down so that the drive pin on the left is at 12 o'clock, and the drive pin on the right is at 9 o'clock. Otherwise the drivers will bind, and the locomotive won't run. On the plus side, you have a 50/50 chance of getting each driver right by pure luck!


For taking the mystery out of this subject. I really appreciate it and the video was clear and concise. I'd like to see how you make sure all of the drivers wind up at the same degree also.


Greg Amer

Might want to mention that one driver is insulated and one not. You do not want to get them reversed.

I got to say - I saw all the episode from 6-2019 to this past, and this is the least useful one. Thank God for the "host" for keeping the info going. The rep was just doing his job and not giving anything to the viewer. Sorry, but what a waste of bandwidth.