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    Default Secret for brass steamers.

    Most brass steamers uses a cheap stiff wire on their draw bar for pickup, in return, bad running and stalling on switch's.

    I've been going through my brass steam collection making this one change that makes them run flawless.
    Also works for running multiple brass diesels which will be next on my list.

    I use a micro mini plug between the engine and tender, cutting off the draw bar wire as well as drilling the draw bar hole larger.

    One of the most picky of all brass steamers is the Dai Young Pennsy 4-4-4-4 T-1's due to having duel motors facing towards each other.
    On the engine side of the pickup the motor brushes are MUed together, the tender side isn't.
    First step was to MU the tender side brushes together.
    Next I soldered the mini plug wire direct to the tender side of the brush, then the other end to the tender.
    Had already cut off the draw bar wire and drilled the hole larger.
    Did this on both my Buick Front and De-skirted versions.

    Here's a short video showing my Buick Front version, super smooth running at any speed as well as no stopping or stalling over switches.

    https://youtu.be/xR49ui4vbu8?list=UU...1neOuQHH2G3QxQ




    The duel wire mini connectors are needed for use with diesels, on steamers both wires are twisted together for the tender pick up only.

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    I have a buddy that would agree with you completely.

    more flexible wire helps.
    Any way that gets more pickups and effectively get that power to the motor is also good.

    looks good to me!

    BTW I like the models.
    victor

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    Nice job, UP. Any chance you could conjure up a photo of the locomotive internals for me? They're super rare, and as the prices continue to escalate I'm not liking my chances of ever acquiring one for myself.

    Thanks!
    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Nice job, UP. Any chance you could conjure up a photo of the locomotive internals for me? They're super rare, and as the prices continue to escalate I'm not liking my chances of ever acquiring one for myself.

    Thanks!
    -Mark
    Hey Mark,

    It just hit me, I now remember quite a few years ago I had planned on taking one apart for you showing how everything is put together as well as pictures for your web site. If I remember right, that's when I sent you the picture of my De-skirted version still in brass before I painted it.

    And just by chance, I need to take back apart my De-skirted one as both of the motor bearings needs oiling, something I had forgot to do on it, unlike the Buick Front one that I did remember to oil.

    Promise, this time I will do a complete review for you on the engine as well as plenty of pictures for you to choose what you want to use.

    I'll make notes on some of your reviews so I will be able to cover all aspects you list.

    Ernie

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    That'd be awesome, thanks!

    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    That'd be awesome, thanks!

    -Mark
    Mark,

    Check your Private Message ------------------- ( ;

    Ernie

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    Will do, thanks.

    -Mark

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