Ye Olde Huff N Puff 36ft reefer

Robert Dambrauskas Oct 22, 2022

  1. Robert Dambrauskas

    Robert Dambrauskas TrainBoard Member

    So I have been plodding along building this kit from long ago that’s no longer made. It’s a fun project!
    I’m at the point where I need to add brake gear. The instruction sheet shows a chain for one end , going to a brake wheel. I’ve never seen that! Does anyone have any familiarity with this set up?
    Thanks in advance! 8E67E5A7-FC17-4CD1-A4C8-970D0C2B77E8.jpeg 8E557425-A2DE-4FE3-9709-75EDC86E1682.jpeg
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  2. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    The mechanism makes sense, but a full-chain seems unusual. Normally it's just a rod with a segment of chain at the top for the brake wheel housing.

    You may need to reference some historical photos, but I would venture to guess that this is not prototypical. I've built a few Ye Olde kits that had some dimensional or scaling issues, so I wouldn't necessarily trust their models as the most accurate.
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  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    It looks as though they are doing a bit of freelancing. Just sticking a brake wheel into the end of the car. Also, the bottom illustration much differently indicates a vertical staff- which seems to me as being more appropriate.

    For parts, perhaps take a look at the San Juan Models (former Grandt Line) site. They have quite a selection of brake details.

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