Re: Working Torque Converter
- --- In O14@yahoogroups.com, "Geoff Baxter" <hollywood@...> wrote:
>Now we really are going around in circles Geoff!!
> I have seen a method used to good effect for tender drives in steam
> locomotives where the motor and a large flywheel are concealed in the
> tender, but the drive is then taken to the driving wheels of the
> locomotive. This puts lots of weight in the right area, as the boiler
> can be almost solid metal.
> But the part of interst is the coupling shaft, it used very thin
> piano wire. Piano wire is very strong and stiff and a lot harder to
> see than a normal cardan shaft, and if kept down low, is quite
The piano wire cardan shaft is exactly the method used by that
Pendlenton friend of mine to transfer drive form some truly enormous
motor and flywheel combinations riding in fortunately large LNER and BR
tenders behind his Pacifics and other large locomotives!
It has the very real advantage of being visually very unobtrusive in
the tender/loco gap and very simple to set up.
- I posted a couple more photos of my progress with the model of Puffing Billy
D21, it needs a clean up and that will happen in the next day or 2.