The Difficult Bit. The Motor

Fig 2
Fig(1) Kato chassis

I have had some comment that the problem is you can’t find the motor well they can be found either on Ebay or Wellington models in Somerset had some.

You need a Kato 103 motor unit (See Fig 1,) a good microcraft drill and grinder attachment,  a steady hand and either bravery or stupidity.I leave you to decide.   Having bought your motor, Sixteen pounds sterling or less, you need to wonder at the size and reliability of this little motor.Finally  check it works and then put it to one side. Whilst you work on the bottom of the Typhoo Tram.

The tram needs the area  where the wheels sat , between the two vestibules removing and then filing down till you have a wide hole.(See Fig 2). You will need to file away the supports on the lower sides so the motor will then fit in.

Having prepared the hole, you now need to file away large parts of the chassis. Start at each end and remove the couplings and the body work till you have the correct length.

The n turn to the width, and start above the wheel bearing as these will remain in place and work slowly on the sides until the motor resembles Fig 3. This motor should then slide into the bottom.

fig 3

The purest will say these were eight wheel bogie trams and you have made them 4 wheel. To which the answer is this is N gauge not O gauge and you cannot tell the difference the tram looks good.

Having fixed the motor do not glue it in it will hold firm, you need to glaze the windows and attend to the roof.

I have used a pantograph on mine Sommerfeldt make very good ones that are sprung in the UK you can buy them from Blackwell’s but they are £10 sterling each, a bow collector would work but I could not find one small enough a trolley pole could be made but unless it had a moving wheel it would never look right. If you want a life-size example look at a Sunderland tram they all had Pantographs.

Transfers were found in a box some where my late father hid them but Mabex transfers cut down work or else buy a Tower Model’s Tram  just for the transfers. Do not forget to apply Matt Varnish and thus you have a working Typhoo Tram.

I thought that was the hard bit, my next blog will explain how the track was laid. In the meanwhile I leave a photo of the final model , happy modelling and do leave your comments they are welcome.!!

Finished Tram No19

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