freight trucks

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TCH, May 29, 2007.

  1. TCH

    TCH Member

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    I was recently given some old boxcars and have replaced the trucks with walthers trucks.:thumb:

    I now have a problem.wall1

    my layout which I thought was level is obviously not as these cars do not want to stay where I place them.

    what can I do to keep them in their place ?

    hoping to hear from some of the clever people on the forum.

    thanks aussie
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    if there are only a few sidings where you have a problem, you can try planting "grass" between the rails that sticks up just slightly higher than an axle. By "grass" I mean some kind of green/brown plastic fiber to simulate grass. You want it to be stiff enough to keep the cars from rolling, but not so stiff it will derail them.

    Or you can try increasing the rolling resistance on one of the axles on each car. Maybe you can find a spring to slip over the axle between the wheel and the sideframe.

    Kevin
  3. TCH

    TCH Member

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    thanks kevin

    I`ll try those ideas

    thanks
  4. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    there was thread just like this a while back with the same problem,i think doctorwayne said to use 40 weight fishing line cut to size.its so small its almost unnoticable and its rigid enough.--josh
  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Switch the trucks back...! ;) :D

    The grass/weeds idea is one I have seen in practice a lot, and it is very workable.

    Another option is basically to "downgrade" the trucks, but after switching them, why would you want to? This involves adding something to the axel to increase friction (suggestions include a turn or two of a Kadee coupler spring in the journal, or wrapping a soft wire around the axel of one wheelset and affixing the end to somewhere on the truck frame.

    Last option I have seen is to "protect" the cut of cars with a blue flag (or whatever is used on your railroad) - basically use a pin with a coloured bit of tape on it to physically stop the car from rolling.

    Andrew
  6. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    Been there and done that!
  7. TCH

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    thanks for the suggestions.

    I`ll let you know how I get on.


    trevor
  8. TCH

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    I put about a quarter of a kadee knuckle spring on one axle
    of one truck and this has worked very well.

    thanks to all for your input

    trevor

    aussie