Now the left track is mounted. It was difficult to mount the last bolt, but with the help of a pipe wrench and two track tools it was possible to get it in place. Now it’s time to fix the second band and then it’s time for trial run.
Time to mount the left track. We pulled the track with a hand winch and added track parts. According to the instruction manual, each track has to consist of 75 plates, but sins the plates are old and worn, 73 seem to work properly.
Now it’s only the last track bolt that’s missing before the track is ready.
More than 4 years have passed since we started renovating the 21-29th. We started with a complete wagon, which we were going to make ready for driving. We rolled it into the workshop
and after a few months it was mounted down and turned into a lot of loose parts packed in pallets and pink plastic bags.
Then the work began to blast and paint all loose parts. The larger parts we did not manage by ourselves so we sent them to a blasting company that had significantly better resources than we did.
When everything was blasted and painted, we started to assemble the wagon, which consisted of two main parts, body and undercarriage. The body was not so complicated, it was only doors, a tower and instrumentation that was to be mounted. The undercarrige contains of the power pack and the driving line and it was a hard jobb to get everything in correct order.
Then came the big moment when the engine and driving line were tested.
What remains is to fix the tracks and to mount the body. There is still a lot to do but now we see the beginning of the end of the renovation.
The track arangement consists of 14 bogie boxes, 7 pcs per track. Each bogie box has 4 carrier wheels, which means that the trolley rolls a total of 56 carrier wheels. The wheels do not have direct contact with the tracks, they are rolling on the bushes in which the track bolt runs. In order to extend the time when the wheels are in contact with the bushes, these have a bevel which is clearly visible on the bushes we have replaced.
The bogie boxes with their four wheels.
The track plates with new bushings where the bevel is clearly visible.