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s.e.charles Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:22 am

could anyone shed some insight how the engine/ axle connection would be made?

(post #367) I have seen a similar powered skip on this website:

(see: other vehicles - motorlore)

but no good pictures of the powertrain.


s.e.charles Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:58 am

not sure if anyone cares about this, but I was offered some information regarding "industrial motors" which I had no knowledge existed:

gotta love the internet!

vaughn bros. Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:46 am

I used to have an old Getrag gearbox.

s.e.charles Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:32 pm

would power be transmitted perpendicular to the V-sheaves via a 90 degree turned belt?

vaughn bros. Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:57 pm


slalombuggy Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:30 pm

It could have used a hydrostatic drive or driven a generator with electric motors at the axles but it probably just drove a small gearbox. These industrial loco's didn't move a lot of weight or move very fast. I love industrial and narrow gauge trains. Model railroading is my other hobby.


Retrovan Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:47 am

would appear that there is a shortened side shaft diff with direct drive, and two chains to the two driving wheels.

Thats to my eye.


s.e.charles Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:52 pm

that eliminates the 90 degree transfer headache, but help me with "direct drive". meaning no shifting & a single speed? I can understand a cog on the skip axle coupled to a chain to a cog on the transaxle - a double set-up maybe?

thanks for posting the picture, too. I either don't have posting privileges (either here or there.)

s.e.charles Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:32 am

if anyone could come up with a little more detail, even plausible connections, it would be appreciated!

getting closer to building this model in 1:24 scale.


eyetzr Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:52 pm

Use an irs transmission. Adapt chain sprocket to the output shaft on the transmission connect chain to axle. You will have to put a sprocket on both sides of the transmission. Add a brake caliper to the sprocket like a motorcycle. Not sure how many years you will want to use, but a simple gate type shifter would give you 2 speeds forward and 1 reverse.
There are some people on the web building small tractors using this set up.
Good luck.

s.e.charles Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:11 pm

thanks. out of desperation in my lacking mechanical ability, i contacted the owner of my original inspiration. within three hours he replied with two website links that reinforces the information i got here with pictures. appreciate the help.

"Hello Sid,
I build two veciles with VW engine, both with original VW gearbox and two chains to the axels. You can only take a gearbox from beetle 1302/1303 or VW Baywindow.

feldbahn-dossenheim - Käferlokbau (

feldbahn-dossenheim - Kranwagen und Motorlore (

Are there still questions?

Please show me pictures from your projekt or a link

Grüße, Matthias"

his website is a combination of narrow gauge railroad mining museum and volkswagen adventures. he's definitely living my dream!

i'll need more help as the project gets underway, but at least i'm off dead center.

thanks again,


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