Waterjet Frames

Waterjet Frames

Fully machined waterjet frame rendering
Example of a fully machined waterjet frame for the Fitchburg Northern.  Click to enlarge. (opens in new tab)

Allen Models is happy to offer new waterjet frames for some of our locomotives. Eventually all of our locomotives will have a waterjet frame option. Waterjet frames are single-piece frame sides cut out of steel sheet using a machine that uses an extremely high pressure stream of water as a cutting method. A vast improvement over laser cutting, the waterjet pieces feature no hardening and no warping. This makes them easy to handle, integrate and machine.

Compared to the traditional fabricated frame style of Allen Models engines, the waterjet frames do not require you to partially disassemble the frame to drop the main axles. They use a prototypical pedestal binder or keeper at the bottom. They also eliminate the need for several cast frame extensions on most locomotives, and also eliminate a lot of drilled and tapped holes and other machined surfaces. In total, the increased cost of the waterjet frames are more than offset by the savings in labor, castings and assembly hardware of the traditional frame style.

Because Allen Models wants to give our builders as many choices as possible, we continue to make the bar stock frames and castings available alongside the new waterjet frames, so builders may make their own choice about how to build their locomotive.

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  1. A100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $487.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the American. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item if out of stock. Learn More
  2. CO100-2 Pair of Laser Cut Frames
    $350.00
    This laser cut frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the Consolidation. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-cut item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. The last image shows the frame as-machined. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More
  3. FN100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $475.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the Fitchburg Northern. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. Last image shows as-machined item. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More
  4. H100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $487.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the Harpur 2-4-0. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More
  5. M100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $515.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the Mogul. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More
  6. T100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $475.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the Ten Wheeler. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. Comes with machining instructions. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More
  7. Y100-2 Pair of Waterjet Frames
    $487.00
    This waterjet frame replaces the built up bar stock frame kit for the yard engine. In addition to a great savings in fabrication labor and fastenings, this frame looks more prototypical and has the singular advantage of being able to drop the main axles without having to disassemble the frame. The hoops at the bottom of the as-waterjet item are to hold the frame's shape while the pedestal guide surfaces are machined. They are cut off and then the pedestal retainers / keepers installed. When not in stock, These frames are produced to order. Please call us at 775-782-3800 or email us at steve@allenmodels.com to place an order for this item. Learn More

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