Re: brake wheel, brake staff

Mark Vinski

 The 1980 Car and Locomotive Cyc shows a 1 1/4 inch square shaft with a 16" brake wheel.

       This scales to a little more than .014 in HO. I found staples that match this dimension with a little filing to make it square. The steel is much stronger than brass in this size.

       While this is newer than steam era, I doubt there was much change. The square shaft is on a drop shaft  hand brake. Does anyone make a model of a drop shaft hand brake for flat cars? My detailing of some Proto 2000 flats is held up by a lack of this part.

Mark Vinski

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