Hallmark drive train parts.

Discussion in 'HO Scale' started by woodone, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. woodone

    woodone TrainBoard Member

    Hi there,
    I have a older Hallmark E5 uint that I am trying to get to run on DCC with sound.
    I did a remotor on it but the tower gears are binding up and causing the u-joints couplings to slip on the motor shafts.

    The tower gears bind because of the way the bushings are worn.
    Anybody put under a new set of drive truck? Or whatever to fix?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sorry forgot to tell you this is HO scale.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 31, 2012
  2. mogollon

    mogollon TrainBoard Member

    I might suggest finding some Athearn, Atlas, or Kato trucks with the correct wheelbase. Then you could attach the Hallmark sideframes to them and have a great running loco. I know something about these old Hallmark locos since I was the repairman and parts supplier for Mrs. Hall (the owner) for some years. There are no parts available now unless someone has some-three fellows "helped themselves" to many parts when Mrs. Hall closed up shop. I believe you would get a better running loco with the mentioned trucks but you could try to contact Samshongsa, the builder, to see what they say. Good luck with this.
  3. woodone

    woodone TrainBoard Member

    Thanks for your idea. I had given this some thought too. Right now I am waiting on trucks with the worm drive from a Proto 2000 E-6 unit to see if I can't mount the truck to the brass frame work. Then hope to mount the Halmark E-5 truck side frames to the Proto trucks.

    This unit is an earlier run unit as it has the KMT motor and drive parts. Well that is what I know about them at theis time
    This is just too nice of a unit to be a shelf Queen.

    Thanks again

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