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    • November 27, 2020 3:39 PM EST
    • Ted Doskaris said:

      It seems tolerances are at play.  The pony axle back to back wheel spacing may be a bit too wide (nominal back to back spacing is 1.575 inch) whilst the spacing of the switch point rail to stock rail may be somewhat tight.

      -Ted

      I will check that.

    • November 27, 2020 1:05 PM EST
    • Ted said it, also double check the pilot wheels spacing, it may be slightly out of gauge.

    • November 27, 2020 12:49 PM EST
    • It seems tolerances are at play.  The pony axle back to back wheel spacing may be a bit too wide (nominal back to back spacing is 1.575 inch) whilst the spacing of the switch point rail to stock rail may be somewhat tight.

      -Ted

    • November 27, 2020 12:19 PM EST
    • When I gently push the loco through the switch it sometimes is not pushing the points over and is riding up on the rail.  This is what is causing the right wheel to lift up and swing the pilot off the rails.  I don't understand why it happens sometimes and not other.  I tried cleaning the switch and that didn't help.  So, I replaced the switch with a brand new one I have and it appears to be working.

    • November 27, 2020 9:16 AM EST
    • timmyd DeHan said:
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      The pilot already has added weight which I glued on numerous years ago.

       

         I don't know what else it could be...in the video all the other, heavier, fixed wheels go through fine. I'll be interested to see if you or somebody comes up with an explanation.

       

         EDIT: I do notice that the pilot wheel rides up over whatever part of the switch that is, instead of the wheels "forcing" their way through. Maybe tighten up the pilot some, if there is a way of doing that, so that the pilot set isn't as "floppy." I'll try it on one of my steam locomotives and see what happens.

       

    • November 27, 2020 9:12 AM EST
    • I would use the auto mag wheel stick-on weights sold a auto parts stores. can be cut with wire cutters to any length, but in most cases they are designed to be cut, or broken to a desired length. Must easier installed and come with double sticky tape, plus can be used on the under side of rolling stock for additional weight when needed. 

       

      trainman

    • November 27, 2020 8:53 AM EST
    • John Passaro said:

         Tim, those floppy front trucks are a pain in the you know what. I know guys who just plain flat out remove them and leave it at that. Fortunately they are usually dangling by one screw. Me, I add weight. Here's what I do, using lead weights.

       

         Notes: I would have used the steel shim instead of a piece of wood as a platform, but I couldn't cut the shim without destroying the blade on my chop saw. Second, you see six weights, but the front three interfered with the normal swinging of the pilot arm, so I flattened them with a hammer and used two instead of three. The "glue" for all this is Powergrab. Finally, I painted everything black so my modification would blend in once installed.

       

         Hope this helps. (If it doesn't work, you can always toss 'em; nobody will notice.)

        

       

       

       

       

       

      The pilot already has added weight which I glued on numerous years ago.

    • November 27, 2020 8:52 AM EST
    • Jon Radder said:

      Not enough weight to push the points over?  Will it go through OK if you throw the switch manually so it's not pushing the points?

       

      Last year it worked just fine.  The year before I had an issue but it fixed itself.  This year, about every other time it exhibits this behavior.  I've tested this with 3 other locos and the same thing is happening.  I will check to see if it can go through the switch when switched manually.

    • November 27, 2020 8:49 AM EST
    • Rick Marty said:

      Are the rails of the switch in gauge?

       

      Don't know.  How do I tell?

    • November 26, 2020 10:39 PM EST
    •    Sorry Tim, I shoulda known you already weighted the pilot!

       

    • November 26, 2020 9:14 PM EST
    • Not enough weight to push the points over?  Will it go through OK if you throw the switch manually so it's not pushing the points?

    • November 26, 2020 9:02 PM EST
    • Are the rails of the switch in gauge?

    • November 26, 2020 8:34 PM EST
    • I swear I can't figure out why this happens.  The pilot on my Christmas train is jumping the track again this year.  I've had years where this never happens and some like now where it does.  I can't figure out why this is happening and sure could use some help.  At least every other time pushing out of this switch the pilot derails.   The switch is set so that the train rolls into the loop automatically and then coming out of the loop pushes the switch rail to the other side allowing it to exit. 

      Here are 2 videos.  One in normal speed and the other slow motion.

      Normal speed:

       

      slow motion:

       

    • November 27, 2020 9:22 AM EST
    • Both traction tires on one of my LGB Forney's have fallen off.  I have new traction tires which I've replaced on some of my LGB Moguls which is a pretty straightforward job.  However, I don't see how I can get to the drivers on the Forney.  Does anyone know how to do this?

       

    • November 23, 2020 3:44 PM EST
    • Thanks again Bill. The package arrived this morning. Exactly what I was looking for, and yes - the box was huge by comparison to the payload!  If there is ever anything you need, please ask.

    • November 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST
    • Bill Iwan said:

      Jon, I have a pair I can send you. Not sure how the private message works here but if you give me a note with address Ill send them to you. you can use [email protected]

       

      Bill

      Thank you Bill.  I just sent you an email.  If you don't see it, check your spam.

    • November 20, 2020 1:26 PM EST
    • Kent,

       

      I would also try contacting the Florida Garden Railway Society https://www.fgrs.org/.  They have a Tampa Bay division where there may be some local folks to lend a hand. They will also be a wealth of help and information for the novice.

       

      Good luck and Happy Railroading.

       

      Bob C

      Emerald Coast Garden Railroad Club

      Milton FL

    • November 20, 2020 1:05 PM EST
    • I would suggest contacting Don Sweet of RCS of Ne 

      He's done a number of Aristo Train Engineer installs. 

    • November 20, 2020 10:48 AM EST
    • Hello, This is my first post. My father in-law passed away and I was left his G scale Marklin steam locomotive set. He only set it up around the Christmas tree during the Christmas season to entertain the grand kids (My children). Now that treat has fallen upon me. I am picking up some liquid smoke for the smoke generator, as the locomotive is equipped with a smoke unit. That should be a big hit with the grandkids as well. I discovered an Aristo-craft walk around control , which my father in-law had never used and had lost the instructions. I tried to set up the walk around system but could not get it to work. It is a first generation system that does not have a linking button, after much fiddling around with it I gave up only to arrive home, after leaving the system on, to a running train and the Walk around system now works. I guess Santa made a surprise visit and fixed it for me.

      My question is in regards to a circuit board sound card and speaker that was in the box that appears never to have been used. It does not appear to fit any where on the locomotive or its tender car. I assume it goes on the train some where as it is powered by a 9 volt battery. (see attached picture) I would appreciate any suggestions as I am sure the grandkids would love the sound effects. Thanks in advance.

       

      https://i.imgur.com/lm3K0uU.jpg