shortest doobdlebug?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by ross31r, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    ok, i think my doodlebug is a bit of a freak in terms of its length so i want to know just how short have people cut these things down to?
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Ross,,,, With Traction you can build most any power unit :D

    But Interurbans ,,,, anywhere from 50ft to 67 ft (H O SCALE).
    Box motors about 35/40ft
  3. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    oh good, so mines a big box motor then. finshed shortening it today (and shock of shocks it worked) but it was so short i had to take the flywheel off th motor to clear the pivot of the trailing bogie.
    Its about 42ft long now!
  4. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    question, how do i get the stacks off the roof?
  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Very carefully :D :D :D

    I would use my trusty dremal tool with the cutting blade :eek:
    Take most of it off then finish it off with a sharp knife.
  6. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    hum, well i want to keep the stack base as part of the panto supports.
  7. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    its up and running and taken a picture of it and the other couple of bits of ESE stock with my birthday present. now just got to get around to uploading them!
  8. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Passenger equipment, even on interurbans, could be as short as the 35-40 foot range--and trolleys, of course, could get very short indeed (gotta love those single-truck Birneys!) while box motors, while shorter, were strictly for freight.

    I think there is some precedent for short gas-powered doodlebugs in the 40-50 foot range. And of course there are those Athearn Hustler body shells for a four-wheel single-truck doodlebug!
  9. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    well its shorter than a 40ft boxcar so i am guessing its somewhere in the region of 36-38ft long, its a full freight unit though.
  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    I, for one, would love to see a few pictures of your work, Ross. :thumb:
  11. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    well here they are, the first boxcab, albeit not finished - the boys at the electrical shop havent been able to get their hands on her to convert her to electric power as she has been pressed into service was no other boxcabs are available and the lines OHL maintenance car and directors car W. Wayland.

    Attached Files:

  12. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    well done Ross

    I bet the sparks are eager to do there thing :p
    Did you obtain your Pan`s yet Ross?
  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Good Ross :thumb: :thumb:
  14. ross31r

    ross31r Member

    no, not yet. might have found a source though. Compnay over here called DC Kits. They are currently making what in Britian was referred to as a Class 71 which was a third rail/overhead & diesel powered locomitve used on the Southern lines. That uses a suitable type of panto im just looking into if i can get the panto alone as a spare part.

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