- Jun 2, 2004No hood units (including switchers) will be possible with this
> to the size and width of the can motor used.This is the problem with hood units generally in Z.
The only way around it cheaply is to put the motor in the cab, as
occurs with a couple of the Marklin diesels and electrics and of
course with steam locomotives.
I do not think this arrangement has been tried with hood units, but I
can foresee problems doing US hood units this way, as the position of
the CAB in US locos is normally towards one end, over the lead
truck, and this is where the motor would have to sit. So the motor
would be in the place where ordinarily, the gear tower for the front
truck would be.
One option might be to have a loco with a dummy front truck and a
powered rear truck ?
One interesting idea was an Nn3 'retrofit chassis' for the SP 'Little
Giant' 3' GE loco, that used the MT F7 motor and trucks, but oriented
the motor 90 degrees so that it fit into the hood. However, this was
an Nn3 loco and there was *barely* adequate room for it even in that
scale. So I do not think this idea could be used for a Z scale
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