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Buckeye Truck Construction Photos Page 3

Buckeye Truck
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November 2001 - June 2003

After spending nearly 2 years constructing the B&O WagonTop Boxcar, I was not intent on utilizing poor quality, "store bought" trucks made from castings that are readily available from sources in the Live Steam community. With the incredible help of Fred Bouffard, I had complete access to a Matsuura 6M Ram Master 2 CNC Milling Machine and all the equipment needed to produce a series of Buckeye Trucks for the Boxcar and any other projects I will undertake. So, we spent the better part of 2 1/2 years perfecting a program to create entirely from bar stock a 100% prototypical model of the Buckeye Trucks. No CAD or CAM programs were used at all in this venture, everything done the "old fashion way", pencil and paper. Once completed the hand-written and calculated G-Code program totaled 3000 lines for the front and 3000 lines for the rear of the sideframes alone. These trucks feature prototypical bearing construction as well (no store bought roller bearings used). The side frames are perfect representations of the prototype, cored and "3Ded". Furthermore, since this was created using a CNC machine, at any time in the future that we may need more trucks all that is needed is to load the billet, call up the program and hit the start button. The following are photos detailing the construction of the Buckeye Trucks for the B&O WagonTop Boxcar...

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Here, we see all parts completed and painted, ready for assembly, no quick task in and of itself.

Parts required for one truck. This isn't your typical cast truck kit. All parts are scratch machined, no castings or commercially available parts utilized.

The sideframes mated to the bolster

A detailed shot highlighting the 8 springs (prototypical) per sideframe

Wheel / axle sets with bearings and bushings installed on either end, all parts hand made

The completely assembled Buckeye Truck

A detailed view of the bearing / Journal Box assembly. Timkin Needle Roller bearings were used with the appropriate inner and outer races hand machined as well as seals and other assorted parts.

View from above of the completed Buckeye Truck. The unpainted circle in the center of the bolster is the pivot

Completed detailed shot of the bearing / journal box assemble with hand made rotating journal end caps

Side view of the completed Buckeye Truck, 2 1/2 years after beginning.

Yet another shot of the completed Buckeye Truck

All parts needed for the assembly of just one Buckeye Truck

Another shot of parts needed to complete one truck. All machined from billet, no castings utilized on the entire project.


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