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10339Re: [FS32NGModelrail] FOWLER CRANE

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  • daniel caso
    Aug 1, 2011

          Thank you.
          So do you think the gear arrangament I draw is ok?

         After posting the second pair of Fowler pictures I noticed  in the second crane there are several diferent things: the pair of cranks are not at the front axle but at the rear one (the one with the brake wheel). Also there is a vertical bar between the two frames and I have no idea what could be it's function. Last, being the cranls at the rear axle, how do you do for sliding the fore axle to change gears?

          Thank you again.


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      Verzonden: maandag 1 augustus 18:09 2011
      Onderwerp: Re: [FS32NGModelrail] FOWLER CRANE


      Our steam donkeys at the museum all work the way you are describing. The gears slide back and forth to change gears from low to high or the other way around. While our brake is one big band of steel the arm you are looking at is most likely a brake, I can think of no other reason for it.


      On Aug 1, 2011, at 1:17 AM, Daniel wrote:

      Thank you for your answer and the drawing.
      Yes, I think it is set of gears one can set in for heavier work.But how is it actualy working?
      I've made a 3D drawing and posted pictures of it and of another Fowler crane (See Fowler Crane album) that seems to have the same mechanism. It looks as the axle with the two cranks can slide for setting in the second gear arrangement. But I'm not sure and would like your and other's opinions so the model can be as accurate as possible.
      Thank you.


      Jerry Kitts
      Foothill Model Works
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      (707) 459-5587

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