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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#1 Posted : 11 February 2019 16:24:15(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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Hi everyone,

I have a 3015 Crocodile I recently scored for an amazing price. I'm going to convert it to Digital using the big ESU magnet and Lokpilot. But first, while the locomotive is in great shape it has a little mileage, and I want to give it a deep clean/service so all is in great order once converted.

Knowing this is a complex locomotive, does anyone have tips (or more specifically teardown-reassembly shortcuts) for cleaning dirty gearing or linkages on these?

Thanks in advance! I may get into the locomotive this coming weekend.
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline jvuye  
#2 Posted : 11 February 2019 16:32:30(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 5HorizonsRR Go to Quoted Post
Hi everyone,

I have a 3015 Crocodile I recently scored for an amazing price. I'm going to convert it to Digital using the big ESU magnet and Lokpilot. But first, while the locomotive is in great shape it has a little mileage, and I want to give it a deep clean/service so all is in great order once converted.

Knowing this is a complex locomotive, does anyone have tips (or more specifically teardown-reassembly shortcuts) for cleaning dirty gearing or linkages on these?

Thanks in advance! I may get into the locomotive this coming weekend.


Hi John
I am currently rebuilding one (basically) from scratch and will document the whole operation in every detail.
It is for a CCS 800.1 but the design differences, albeit substantial are immaterial for the purpose of cleaning and re-assembling as well as for aligning everything.
If you can wait for a couple of weeks, I should have the whole process posted by then.
Cheers
Jacques
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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#3 Posted : 11 February 2019 18:32:41(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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Wow! It can absolutely wait :) Many thanks in advance!

I have a few other projects int he works which can keep me plenty busy until then. Good luck with yours!
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline DaleSchultz  
#4 Posted : 11 February 2019 20:55:33(UTC)
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Ho John,

Apart from opening the loco itself and the type of commutator... the approach is the same for any old loco... here is my write-up from some years back for a 3048:

https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com/2004/02/installingdigitaldecoder.html

Dale
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Offline jvuye  
#5 Posted : 12 February 2019 00:22:06(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DaleSchultz Go to Quoted Post
Ho John,

Apart from opening the loco itself and the type of commutator... the approach is the same for any old loco... here is my write-up from some years back for a 3048:

https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com/2004/02/installingdigitaldecoder.html


Dale, I agree with you on the electrical part of it.

Mechanically speaking the CCS 800/ 3015 is a **very** different beast and way more complicated.
The re-assembly requires , among other things, a perfect centering of the cardan joints between the center and the two articulated sub-chassis, otherwise the lok will "wiggle" on the track and make an awful noise .

Cleaning and reassembling the transmission in the "noses" again requires precision, as the helicoidal gears will have excessive friction if the angle and spacing are not 100% correct

The motor itself had a its axle placed longitudinally. When reassembling the two halves of the center chassis, again you need perfect alignment otherwise the motor won't spin freely.

And a few more things....BigGrin Wink Smile

Cheers

Jacques

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