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Old 04-26-2020, 09:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Parts from Aster Japan are no longer available for the 8550 mogul and any other pre-1980 Aster loco as of 2016. 1981-present model spares (what parts are still available on the older models) are still available from Japan.

For the Early locos; Schools, JNR 8550/C12/C62, SNCF 232TC/141R, etc...we here at Triple R Services have both a stockpile of consumables (acquired New Old Stock mostly) and are continually developing remanufactured parts to continue to support these models.

There is also cross reference to newer models that can be used for some items (gaskets and seals mostly). As David Leech says, I know far too much about the Aster Parts system for my own good..but am happy to pass on the trivial knowledge where it is useful.

If you need any other assistance feel free to contact me tr3services [atsign] gmail.com
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Old 04-28-2020, 03:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi joe I'm in Vancouver and supply parts for Aster to may of the fellows on Vancouver Island. In Courtenay you could contact Eric Cartwright at (250) 871-1881, he's in Comox, great guy. There is a good Club on the Island. pantages at telus.net
Hi Dan, Thank you for the contact info. I will give Eric a call soon and have a chat. Is he in the Vancouver Island garden railway club? I have met a few guys from that club and plan to join once the self quarantine thing has lightened up. I will also email you for more details on your Aster parts business. I like it when parts are available in Canada.
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Parts from Aster Japan are no longer available for the 8550 mogul and any other pre-1980 Aster loco as of 2016. 1981-present model spares (what parts are still available on the older models) are still available from Japan.

For the Early locos; Schools, JNR 8550/C12/C62, SNCF 232TC/141R, etc...we here at Triple R Services have both a stockpile of consumables (acquired New Old Stock mostly) and are continually developing remanufactured parts to continue to support these models.

There is also cross reference to newer models that can be used for some items (gaskets and seals mostly). As David Leech says, I know far too much about the Aster Parts system for my own good..but am happy to pass on the trivial knowledge where it is useful.

If you need any other assistance feel free to contact me tr3services [atsign] gmail.com
Hi Ryan, Thank you for your response to my post. That is great that you are manufacturing replacement parts for these obsolete asters.

One thing need to know that is not in the Manuel is the thread size on the coupling pin on the front of the tender. I think I can make a new pin once I know what die to use for the threads. I plan to try and run it on compressed air (as I've seen on youtube) to evaluate what needs repaired or replaced. After that, I may be contacting you for parts.
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Old 04-29-2020, 11:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
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One thing need to know that is not in the Manuel is the thread size on the coupling pin on the front of the tender.
I know Ryan has that info at his fingertips, and I have a Reno with the same pin so I will go and check in a minute - but it really is just a pin. In fact, I am continually annoyed by the screwed-in pin that stops the tender uncoupling quickly. When I was playing with my 8550 I used a short nail with a round head and just dropped it in the hole.


Edit: 10 minutes later. My Reno pin fitted with an M3 nut.

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Yes, the 8550 uses the same pin, so it is M3 threading there too. A drop-in pin is nice, but the threaded pin at least gives piece of mind that the vibrations from running won't have the pin popping out all over the place.

I have a schools that has had the pin converted to spring loading where you pull up on it to uncouple. Will snap a few photos and upload if anyone desires to duplicate.
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The Aster Lion uses a straight stepped pin to couple the tender. I was tired of it dropping out when inverted so I just slid a short piece of silicon tubing over the bottom end of the pin after it was in place.
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Thanks guys, for the thread size and ideas. I think I will make a few different designs and see which one I like best. As soon as I can figure out where I put my tap and die set that is.lol
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