New life for a TYCO Bicentennial C630…

Having received a C630 shell in a lot of train stuff, I sought to get it running again. In the same box lot was the frame to an old Athearn Trainmaster. With some careful cutting and filing, I stretched it to fit the shell, thus giving me a fine running (if not somewhat noisy–the shell appears to act as an ersatz amplifier) C630 for my Bicentennial trains.

Checking the length necessary…

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I built up a block of styrene from sheet stock to be used as a filler…

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…then epoxied it on with JB Weld, using zip ties as temporary clamps…

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There are stress factors that must be addressed. A better way would be to do it with a metal rod as a reinforcement between the two halves. I understood these factors and went ahead anyway, as I wanted to see if this could be done without a lot of precise drilling and fitting. With a couple of minor splitting problems in the beginning, the block is now very solid and works just fine as is…

Some sanding, fitting and shaping came next…

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Electrical continuity was achieved by soldering a jumper wire between two brass screws set into the frame halves. Motor and shell clearance issues were resolved with a bit more carving…

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Before…

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After…

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The bottom motor clip was attached at this time, before the motor was mounted…

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The front drive shaft was extended a half inch to cover the new length…

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Then the whole assembly was bench tested for a half hour in each direction…

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I hard wire all my Athearn locos by removing the top clip and replacing it with 18 gauge wire…

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The finishing touches…painting the frame, replacing the missing hand rails, etc…made for a nice looking locomotive once finished. Painting the sideframes silver kept it within the spirit of old TYCOs with their silver plastic frames.

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4 thoughts on “New life for a TYCO Bicentennial C630…

  1. Cristake

    Good work there, I’m always glad to see the reconditioning of old rolling stock. And also like to see this kind of special locos, anniversary or something like that. In fact, I have a little question – that number, 1776, represents just the historical year celebrated – or is also the proper number of the locomotive? Hence supposing that this loco was chosen from the entire locos park to be the ‘flagship’ of Bicentennial Anniversary? Thanks and God bless you, sir!

    Chris

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    1. shaygetzshaygetz Post author

      Hello Chris…good to here from you again. Yes, often the railroads would temporarily renumber the locos for 1776, or even repaint a loco that already carried that number at the time. The flagship of my Bicentennial fleet would have to be my TYCO C430 with the rare Presidential Seal, rare because the White House ordered them off the store shelves, because they weren’t officially authorized to do so. Because the decals are so fragile, even damaged ones can make a $5 locomotive worth $60-75. I’ll post a pic soon…

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