Friday, May 18, 2007

Wheels.

A while ago I ordered some bogies from Cambrian kits, and some wheels from Alan Gibson to run them on. Except that I ordered 14mm wheels and the bogie instructions said 12mm. So I went back and got some 12mm wheels. These arrived while we were away and as yesterday is a public holiday in W├╝rttemberg I set to in the afternoon.

Of course what I forgot is that Alan Gibson’s “standard” is “P4” (18.83mm gauge), not “00” (16.5mm gauge). Once I remembered this it explained why my newly built bogies bounced along the sleepers on my test track instead of purring along the rails in the traditional manner.
Oh how jolly, I thought... or words to that approximate effect. Fortunately I’d kept the 14mm 00 gauge wheels, and it turns out that they do fit into the bogies quite nicely -and as an added advantage run on the rails- so I can go on with the project (Probably a container flat and a sliding door van)

Now I need to call and ask Alan very, very nicely if he needs twelve 18,83mm gauge wheel sets…

2 comments:

stephen said...

Can you regauge the P4 wheels?

Andy said...

Hello Stephan! Unfortunately I think they are turned as one unit, even if I could I don't have the skills as yet...