N-scale locomotive parts

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by roryglasgow, Jun 28, 2001.

  1. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Does anyone know where N-scale locomotive parts can be purchased? Or, at least parts that can be used in N-scale locos. I'm looking for can motors, gears, and wheels, mainly.

    Thanks!

    -Rory
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    Cannibalize a ready-to-runner?
  3. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

  4. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Shamus,

    Nothing in particular... I've been brainstorming about scratch building a locomotive, but I don't know where to get motors, wheels and gears. I have considered cannibalizing my Bachmann 2-8-0, but I don't particular care for its wheels and motor...

    -Rory
  5. billk

    billk Active Member

    Rory - try Northwest Short Lines
    www.nwsl.com
    Their site seemed to be a little hard to navigate, but they do have a search function -- try searching for motor, gear, etc.
    Where/what to you program?
  6. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    billk,

    Wow! That place is a treasure trove! I looked them up on Walther's website, and have been paging through their entire product line. They have a lot of good stuff, though most of it is for larger scales. I'm thinking, though, that some things can be adapted for use in N-scale. Thanks for the tip!

    I live in Huntsville, TX, but I work for a small consulting company in Austin. I mostly program in Delphi and write business applications. My current project is a program called DOORway, which is a donor management database application for non-profit organizations (although it is not necessarily limited to just non-profit organizations).

    I see by your profile that you are a GPS programmer. Do you write navigation software?

    -Rory

    [I went back and edited this message because I realized that I had messed up several words...for example, using "that" for "they." Where has my brain gone?!?!??]

    [This message has been edited by roryglasgow (edited 06-30-2001).]
  7. billk

    billk Active Member

    Rory - Glad the NWSL site helped. re GPS, I do software for the GPS receiver itself. Right now the stuff that locates and tracks the signals from the satellites, a few years ago software that determined latitude/longitude and how to get from here to there. We (Rockwell collins) make most of the GPS equipment for the military. At one time there was a bunch doing it for trains but I never worked on that.
    Regards Bill K
  8. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Bill,

    I WAS wondering if you did anything on trains... Sounds like interesting work. Back when vehicle navigation systems were still a pipe dream, I thought it would be cool to get into that. I used to brainstorm ways of tracking one's location using the odometer and a compass...hehehehe... Not perfectly accurate, but it was fun to fantasize!

    I did some digging on NWSL's site and found some Sagami can motors that would fit the bill nicely. Unfortunately, they are being discontinued. Hopefully there will still be a few available... If not, I can probably cram a larger motor into the shell I have. Now if I only had the time.... [​IMG]

    -Rory

    [This message has been edited by roryglasgow (edited 06-30-2001).]

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