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    This morning was the first time I have seen a Brandt Truck. How new are these and does anyone make them in N Scale?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZYvHZkwzTM

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    I have always loved these trucks. I wish they made these in Nscale

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    Pretty cool. I have never seen this prototype truck/switching before.

    Looks like a scratch / kit bash project.
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    It's a common 4 axle truck, with hy-railers, with the outer wheel and tire removed from each rear set. What is unique is the addition of couplers for switching. And, why not? It's a creative and effective use of equipment. Nice!
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    I recall seeing a photo of a similar truck in an early-mid 90's MR mag, mentioned in passing... Probably in a "Bull Session" or "workshop" blurb. So apparently they've been around at least since then?
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    Unimog have done the shunting road/railer thing for many years... I saw them in the Unimog plant in the late 80's.

    Here's a recent version.


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    I have never seen either of these before. This is something that looks do-able.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    I've seen these a few times on tie clean-up trains and some other MOW. Usually ballast hoppers or gons in tow, but never too many.

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    Been watching this thread and this morning I stumbled across a seller on eBay that has one very similar:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-160-N-scal...item27d90edb25

    Be sure to note, this is a kit not a RTR. Looks like it has the ability to add couplers.

    I'm not affiliated with this seller, just happened to stumble across it.

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    I believe the article was in N Scale Magazine.

    In the article a Showcase Miniatures MOW truck was crossed with a Kato 11-103 four wheel B-Train Shorty Chassis. The truck was the first generation with a GMC cab and a large toolbox behind the cab. There wasn't much left of the Kato Chassis and the truck's wheels and tires were glued over the train wheels, the Hi-Rail wheels were just plastic dummies. The builder added as much junk as he could to the truck to add traction. The cab and toolbox were stuffed with lead. After the article the truck was hard to come by.

    This new version looks like it could work just as well with a bit of tweaking.

    http://www.showcaseminiatures.net/vehicles.html
    The chassis

    https://www.nscalesupply.com/kat/KAT-b-trains.html


    You want a metal body for the weight the Kato chassis can be finicky when complete and when stripped down to the motor and axles, well every gram counts. For a longer Western Road style cab a GHQ logging truck would work.
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    I saw a u tube video where an 8 axle Brandt truck pulled 7 or 8 gondolas behind it. It is a real usable switcher locomotive. They have a decent amount of pulling power in real life. You would have to cheat and make one of the hoppers or gons a power unit to have a realistic amount of pulling power
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