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Tug Geared Drives
« on: June 19, 2010, 07:24:36 PM »

I've noticed on a few threads that a recurring criticism of geared motors is the noise generated by the gear train. I can understand this in the case of an electrically driven replica of a steam prototype.

However, it's been my experience that the overriding sound of most diesel tugs - smaller ones in particular - is the whine generated by the transmission (along with similar noises from turbochargers/hydraulic pumps etc). Usually this is far more noticable than the diesel throb. Maybe we should consider gearbox noise as a free sound effect. Certainly more realistic than some diesel sound generators I've heard!

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Re: Tug Geared Drives
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010, 07:58:19 PM »

I know someone the put two cable ties on his prop shaft that rubbed against the hull, to simulate an old steam engine.....
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