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Ibertren 3 rail
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:51:43 am »
Does anyone still run the old Ibertren 3 rail system?

I bought a loco "spares/repair" without realising it was this system. It seems to work fine but obviously it's not suitable for my track, and the conversion kits are a bit pricey - I just wondered if it's a system people still use...
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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2016, 07:55:33 pm »
Hi,

I don't know but there are some Spanish modelers on here who might be able to help. I have some Ibertren Spanish coaches but no locomotives.

There was a thread about Ibertren where someone mentioned a warning about the 3rd rail thing but there was no solution, just a be careful.

You could try the Iberian Railway Society....http://www.iberianrailwayssociety.org/ who might be able to help.

I've never joined as although I have Spanish and Portuguese stuff I've been concentrating on my French layout.

Good luck. Prob not much help.

Is it Spanish by the way? Just interested.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2016, 07:58:25 pm »
Hi again,

Just realised that my answer was probably not what you were asking.

Back to booze and football  :beers:

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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2016, 11:51:32 pm »
I doubt many people still use it. Most of the equipment was pretty basic




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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 05:34:59 am »
Hi! They do use it, in Spain there is still a market for 3N if you want to sell it. Just list in the Spanish ebay site or you can list in the UK using the keywords Ibertren 3N.
Currently there are several working locomotives listed... and they are all about 70 quid so if you bought it as "spares".... good bargain!!
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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2017, 01:19:29 pm »
How do you test 3N - I'm guessing 1 wire on the wheel and the other on the skate?

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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2017, 01:29:02 pm »
How do you test 3N - I'm guessing 1 wire on the wheel and the other on the skate?
Correct! in fact all the wheels in the bogie that has the skate attached can be tested. The other bogie will be electrically neutral, if I remember well all the wheels in that bogie use to have traction tyres.
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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2017, 04:18:12 pm »
Could you use the chassis for a "REAL" third rail underground train?

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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2017, 05:51:39 pm »
I have a complete 3-rail set plus 3 other locos.  I like collecting stuff from the history of N. They come out for a run round every so often, just to stir the oil!
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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2017, 09:03:47 am »
Could you use the chassis for a "REAL" third rail underground train?

Sparky!

They're pretty crude chassis but they have pretty good pulling power. I've only got a RENFE 4000 which chassis pretty much rips off the Minitrix V200 version (although no parts are interchangeable) , but not sure about the others.

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Re: Ibertren 3 rail
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 09:09:44 am »
Mind that the real Renfe 4000 is longer than the V220, so the Ibertren chassis is more accurate, including other details like the ventilation grid positions and front shape, which is also slightly steeper in the real Renfe 4000. The actual design was based on the V220 and licensed from the original, but it was a totally new Spain built loco.
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