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    • April 25, 2018 6:27 AM EDT
    • I had that issue with a silver pair of Bachmann passenger trucks. The plastic was so flexible, that the side-frames would flex and the wheels would fall out while I was running the car. But I haven't had that issue with the black plastic Bachmann trucks.


      I use the large Bachmann wheels on my rolling stock (Bachmann, LGB, Delton, Kalamazoo, Aristocraft). I have even put a set of the small Bachmann metal wheels under an Aristo C16 tender. They work fine for me. I just need to make sure they are properly gauged before I put them into service, but that is true of most replacement metal wheel-sets I have used.

    • April 24, 2018 9:36 PM EDT
    • Are the journals worn out? You might have to rebuild them and set brass tubing in the plastic to hold the axle ends...

    • April 24, 2018 8:42 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      There is very little that can go wrong with the trucks, other than the truck mounting screw being too tight, or the existing wheels being out of gauge...




      The wheels fall out of the trucks while rolling down the track.


    • April 24, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:



        Just use the Bachmann "Large" metal wheel sets.  They are just about the least expensive of all the metal wheelsets on the market.

          I think RLD Hobbies has the best price

        Fred Mills


      Pretty much ...however Star Hobbies is the the go to for Bachmann metal wheel sets IMO. Good guys and fair price.

    • April 24, 2018 8:28 PM EDT
    • If you lived closer to me; I'd say, "Bring the cars over and I'd have them fixed in a jiffy....!!

    • April 24, 2018 8:27 PM EDT
    • ....or the trucks are actually cracked or in some way broken....


    • April 24, 2018 8:25 PM EDT
    • There is very little that can go wrong with the trucks, other than the truck mounting screw being too tight, or the existing wheels being out of gauge...

    • April 24, 2018 8:23 PM EDT
    • What problems are you having, with the trucks ?


    • April 24, 2018 7:53 PM EDT
    • Some of the trucks look practically new. Those cars may never have been run. A few others have problems with the trucks. What can I do for those?

    • April 24, 2018 7:03 PM EDT


        Just use the Bachmann "Large" metal wheel sets.  They are just about the least expensive of all the metal wheelsets on the market.

          I think RLD Hobbies has the best price, usually, although Charles Ro had them at about the same price.  Make sure you get the large diameter wheels.

            When replacing the wheels, make sure you put a very small drop of "PLASTIC COMPATABLE" gear lube in each journal...

             Unless you have broken the actual trucks, you don't need to replace them. Just replace the wheel sets.

        Fred Mills


    • April 24, 2018 6:51 PM EDT
    • I have several Bachmann Big Hauler cars with plastic wheels that I want to change to metal wheels. What is your recommendation for replacement wheels/trucks without spending more than a different car would cost.

    • April 22, 2018 1:11 PM EDT
    • Sometimes a break from “work” is necessary to revitalize your energy and thought processes for doing something’s. Hate to wait on the results but at least you are not scrapping  the whole idea and build. I had a friend that got stuck on a project and just tossed the whole thing away as it was frustrating him., about 15 seconds after it was junk and not rebuildable he was almost in tears for trashing it! Will be looking forward to seeing it in the future!

    • April 22, 2018 12:57 AM EDT
    • I hate to disappoint everyone following this thread, but I'm taking a well deserved break from this project. After investing so,much time and energy in this, I've kind of gotten burnt out on a detail heavy, make sure I get everything correct type project. In the meantime, I'm trying my hand at a project I've always wanted to build. I'm using a HO scale model as the basis, but it certainly won't have the same level of high detail. This is more like a 3' away type model. I don't have a lot of information to go off of, so its a seat of the pants type build.


      Hopefully this side project will help remotivate me on the Snow Dozer. I'm being kind of silent on the project as I asked MRH if they would be interested in an article on the build. Don't know when I'll get back to the Snow Dozer, but when I do you guys will be the first to know.

    • April 21, 2018 10:08 PM EDT
    •  I am sure they will be fine as most of the weight is low and my fence stops most of the wind. However , sometimes I do have to remove the top container on double stack cars . Those have blown over before . We'll see .

    • April 21, 2018 9:37 PM EDT
    • Success is in the air. :) And speaking of air, I'm looking at that wide expanse of side and thinking the words 'sail area': what kind of wind speed limit might there be on running them outside?

    • April 21, 2018 9:06 PM EDT
    • I got the two cars finished today and started painting them with the first coat of rust color.  After these are done i'm gonna take a break for a while so I can get my railroad cleaned up and running . Finally it looks like it might stop snowing around here. Here's a couple of photo's from today.

    • April 18, 2018 7:49 AM EDT
    • Ted

      Thanks that looks life like 1:1 ...

    • April 18, 2018 1:50 AM EDT
    • USA Trains SD70 fitted with 3-D printed Coupler boxes, etc. parts

      I revisited my USA Trains SD70 with respect to its body mounted Kadee couplers.
      Around year 2009, the two SD70s I have were fitted with Kadee #787 medium offset couplers mounted in an altered swinging box.  Almost all my locos and rolling stock have since been fitted with Kadee centersets.

      Finally, I upgraded the SD70s to centerset couplers, albeit using 3-D printed components that includes swinging coupler boxes, mounting pedestals, plug for rear pilot opening, and draft gear fairings for front & rear pilots.  The coupler box accepts the newer Kadee 907 kit's centerset coupler, springs, and lid.

      3-D Printed CamPac Box

      llustrated below is the SD70 with Kadee centerset couplers.

      USAT SD70 with 3-D Print Components

      Illustrated below is the SD70 coupled with a test car on straight track and then on 8 foot diameter curve track.

      USAT SD70 with test car on 8 ft Dia Track

      For full detail see SD70 vignette hosted for me by Greg E on his Web site, particularly, Appendix H, The Ultimate Coupler Solution, CamPac BoxTM

      The 3-D print components for the SD70 (and several other applications for that matter) are a cooperative effort between me and Colin Camarillo who has the 3-D printer to make the components.

      If interested, see Colin's Web site CamPac BoxTM  page



    • April 12, 2018 10:13 PM EDT
    • Beautiful coaches Eric