Don Thompson recalls that the Chinese factory used automotive paints on their freight cars. All plastic bodies were made out of ABS. Brian Jackson reports that he has had success removing paint from a composite hopper using 91% isopropyl alcohol. He reported that he started seeing results in a few minutes, and large amounts of paint came off after about 30 minutes of soaking.
This covers the eight-pin DC shorting plugs. Don Thompson reports that there were two kinds. They will both work, but one will cause the engine so run in the opposite direction.
For some reason, the factory on three road names of the first run of the SW9 locomotives, wired the motors to the wrong socket. The fix was a DC shorting plugs with the motor lead pins wired correctly. These plugs have a glob of hot-melt on top. You can see red wires in the hot-melt.
It happened again with an entire run of the SW1 locomotives. The factory, again, sent DC shorting plugs to fix this problem. For this run they used "baby-blue" wires.
Note that AC and DCC locomotives were unaffected.
The first photo shows the normal DC shorting plug for engines without a speaker (part #653-X00???).
The second photo shows the version with the red wires for engines without a speaker.
The third photo shows a normal DC shorting plug for engines with a speaker (part #653-X014R4).
Don Thompson mentioned that all of their wheelsets were double insulated. This includes locomotives, freight cars, cabooses, and tenders. Don provided these diagrams (all measurements in millimeters):
Scale Wheels Diagram
Scale Wheels Contour Diagram
Scale Wheelset Diagram
Scale Axle Diagram
Scale Axle Bearing Diagram
For any of the box cars, stock cars, or reefers that S-Helper Service produced, there are four tabs on the roof over the body bolster that hold the roof to the body. Note that before you attempt to remove the roof, the roof walk supports need to be detached from the roof walk. Cars with the brake wheel above the roof, need the rod lodging it to the underframe detached first.
Don Thompson provided us with these production numbers and approved their publication on the NASG web site:
At the time of S-Helper Service's unexpected shut-down due to the Sanda Khan situation, they had under development: Fish-belly hoppers (11 road names), ICC Bay-window cabooses (10 road names), and E7 locomotives (9 road names).
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