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LOCOMOTIVE DRIVING WHEELS

  EDM Models is pleased to be able to add a range of locomotive driving wheels to the ranges we sell. The first examples of these have been custom made for us by Alan Gibson but with the technology and dies transferring to York where the machinery is already in place to continue production and, over time, increase the range.
  If you have used Alan Gibson wheels before you will be familiar with the way these wheels work. They are steel tyres with a pressed in moulded centre. They are designed to be a press fit on to 1/8" diameter axles. These are supplied with the wheels cut to length for 16.5mm gauge but you should still use a back to back gauge to ensure this is right. Crankpins are a 1mm diameter countersunk screw inserted from behind and self tapped in to the plastic. Top hat bushes and a top hat nut complete the crankpin assembly
   

 

  FESTINIOG RAILWAY -  ENGLAND ENGINES
  Type 1 - As Built
 
This wheel is as fitted to Prince, Princess, Palmerston and Mountaineer as supplied to the Festiniog Railway by George England.

As new the engines were fitted with 2' diameter wheels.

Our wheels are sold a `loco' pack of four wheels, two axles and a pack of crankpins to suit.

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APPLICATION NOTES

I am grateful to Adrian Grey for taking one of his England engines apart to replace the Romford wheels shown on the left with the England engines wheels on the right. Click on either picture for a larger view

Before

Things to be aware of: -

After

Gear Diameter Motion Bracket Size  
Adrian had replaced the supplied 33:1 gears with a higher ratio set of 60:1 and the diameter of the gear on the axle is pretty close to the wheel diameter.

If fitting these wheels from the outset and wanting a higher ratio look at a small two stage gear box

We believe the etched motion bracket supplied in the kit is possibly oversize as with the correct wheels in its too close to the ground.

We will be checking actual dimensions on Palmerston but when we went he was lurking in the gloom at the back of the shed.

 

 
  FESTINIOG RAILWAY -  ENGLAND ENGINES
  Type 2 - As Later
   Later in life the surviving three small England engines were fitted with 2'3" diameter driving wheels by the expedient of fitting the original centres with thicker tyres.

Available Now -

 

Large England Wheel Pack

Contains

  • 4 wheels

  • 2 axles

  • Crankpins and bushes

     
 
  FESTINIOG RAILWAY -  ENGLAND ENGINES
  Type 3 - The Large England
The two large England engines were fitted with a 2'3" diameter wheel with a centre similar to the Fairlie wheel.

 

We will be adding this wheel to the range in the future

 
     
 
  FESTINIOG RAILWAY -  FAIRLIE ENGINES
This is style of wheel fitted to the Festiniog Railway double & single Fairlie engines.

The real wheels show a considerable variation on diameter from brand new tyres down to scrapping size.

Our Fairlie wheels are sold as a `bogie' pack of four wheels, two axles and a pack of crankpins to suit.

 

Photo courtesy of Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review   Photo Courtesy of Continental Modeller
 

Merddin Emrys - As Now  

Scrap Wheel in the Wheel dump

 
  LYNTON & BARNSTAPLE RAILWAY - Manning Wardle 2-6-2t's
  Yeo, Exe, Taw and Lew - Driving Wheels
These driving wheels are the ones out of our kit for the L&B engine and are supplied as a pack of six wheels, three extended axles, six outside cranks and a pack of crankpins.

 

Not available at present

 
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  Yeo, Exe, Taw and Lew - Pony Truck Wheels
The are the pony truck wheels from the L&B kit and are supplied as a pack of two wheels and one axle.

 

Not available at present

 
Photo courtesy of Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review