EMD Trainmans G scale section 2009

EMD trainman May 31, 2009

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    Collection for train #6 still waits for a steamer

    Originally posted March 7,2009

    My train collection of USA woodside freight cars has been idle now for 2 years waiting for a decent and reliable steam engine to pull it. The Aristocraft Delton 1:24 scale Delton series C-16 just doesn't have enough pulling power and has a ton of wheel slippage. The Bachman -2-6-0 anniversary engine did not fair any better either. The Aristocraft Mikado which was the last locomotive to pull this train just had failure after failure with motor block and pick up power problems. I lost out on Buying a USA Hudson J1E and they are no longer making a Rio Grande unit. The Accucraft 1:32 scale ratio trains are too expensive and too fa out of scale ratio, the MTH trains are also too far of out scale ratio and require DCS to get full function from the sound system. Hartland locomotive works which is 1:24 scale ratio and would be perfect is also not a strong puller and all of their locomotives are made after the 1800's. I think Accucraft AMS steam locomotives may be my only hope. I hop that one day a manfcaturer can make a mainline steam enigine that can pull a string of 15 of these woodside freight cars and be very dependable. I would love to see a "Mountain Type" Rio Grande steam locomotive come out, that would be awesome.

    Pitctured below is some of my USA woodside freight car colection.
     

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    EMD Trainmans new "Most Wanted" train list

    Originally posted March 7,2009

    Hi, I'm looking for certain pre USA trains Charles Ro era trains. All must have the original boxes, no weathering, must be in mint or ver good condition and no major irreversible modifications.Cash waiting for the right model. Here is the list.

    part #R1603 Rio Grande #78 woodside reefer car
    part #R1624 Rio Grande #50 woodside reefer car

    Anyone who help me find these cars in new or good used condition would be appreciated.
     
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    Wanted Items list updated

    Originally posted March 7,2009

    Thanks to Solase for helping me to find pictures and item numbers of the Charles Ro Items I want, I will post them all in this one want ad here. Below is a list of Charles Ro Trains that I'm looking for which must have the original box and not weathered, can be used or new but in great condition.

    1) Charles Ro / USA Trains #R1603 Rio Grande #78 woodside reefer car
    2) Charles Ro / USA Trains #R1624 Rio Grande #50 woodside reefer car
    3) USA Trains #R16253 Rio Grande #119 woodside reefer car
    4) USA Trains #R19005 Rio Grande #3076 woodside box car

    Thank you Solase for help on info and pictures, this will hopefully make my search easier.

    Also needed but not pictured:

    5) USA Trains #R1724A Auto Flat car in Rio Grande road #20065 with 55 Chevies
     

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    Roll EZ metal wheels really worked and paid off

    Origianlly posted March 8, 2009

    As you might well remember my review on the USA Train SD40-2 locomotives and how easily they break traction tires and I later found the traction tires were failing due to a overheat condition which was caused by wheel spin when pulling a long heavy train. I own 3 of the USA Trains SD40-2 locomotives, each locomotive has 4 traction tires which brings us to a total of 12 traction tires to maintain. The train that it pulls was only 12 Ultimate series 50ft mechanical reefer cars and 50ft box cars. Since the USA SD40-2 uses smaller drive tires, this made it spin the drive wheels easier, especialy in a curve situation. Even the drive wheels with traction tires were lightly spinning causing the rubber to over heat and evetually break and fail. I would go through at least a average of 6-8 drive tires per season. Although not very expensive to replace, but it is a pain to replace these.

    I replaced all the original metal wheels on this one train over to Roll E-Z metal wheels with bearings in them. I noticed a huge difference once all of the rolling stock was converted over and the rolling resistance was actually lowered. I did add 4 more USA Ultimate series 50ft box cars since which brings us now up to 16 50ft mechanical reefer and 50ft box cars. I didn't convert those 4 over however, but my traction tire failure was cut down in half, only 3 traction tires failed and broke last season. This was a definate plus and will be ordering more Roll E-Z metal wheels with bearings for the rest of the new rolling stock not yet converted.
     
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    EMD Trainman updates Train Albums

    Originally posted March 21,2009

    I will be deleting and updating my albums on train board. I will be making seperate catagories for easier viewing of my train collection which will also make it easier to follow along when I wriet a story or need something for my collection. Anyway, I'm sure everyone will like the new updated and seperate catagories for my albums.

    Here is my EMD Trainman album link > www.trainboard.com/grapevine/album.php?u=10664

    Note: Still under construction, check back for updates.
     
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    ECLS Train show was good

    Originally posted March 30.2009

    I found out alot of info and a couple of rare Charles Ro trains on my hit list.

    I found out from Charles Ro I have a very rare flat bed car, he hinself said there were only 3 flat bed cars with this special pipe load due to he had this left over pipe from previous products and the workers were going to throw it away, he said no, lets make a special run of cars with it and only had enough for 3.

    Apperently from what Charles Rop said, he had a over size PVC pipe that the workers were going to just throw away. Charles Ro had stopped them and said he wanted to make a limited amount of flat cars with this over size pipe and just cut it to fit on the car as a load. Well, he only had enough to make 3 of them. He endorsed this fact to me and even wrote a note stating there were only 3 made. I'm glad I got this one when I did, Charles Ro did say he had no intent of making any more
     

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    EMD Trainmans Rare find at the ECLS Train Show

    Originally posted March 31,2009

    At least every year I make one rare find at the train show and I feel lucky at that. Imagine my surprise when I found 1 on my hit list and one special piece. I found the Charles Ro woodside box car #R1932. Then they set another Charles Ro car in it's place and it was stock #R1852 which is a Rio Grande Engineering car. What was funny is when I paid cash they went right back out to thier trailer to see if they had anything else on my hit list.

    The picture shows my ECLS Train show rare take
     

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    Who will play with your trains at the end of your track

    Originally posted April 5, 2009

    DragonFyreGT last post of mentioning estate sales had me thinking after I made 2 purchases from ebay that were also both from the owners estate. There were 2 auctions that I won from ebay and both were trains being sold by 2 seperate widows. They both wrote me such nice e-mails letting me know these trains were from their husbands collection, both of them past away before the garden railroad could even take off. I wrote them back re-assuring them both that the trains I bought from them would have a good home and be well appreciated because I'm also a collector. This made both of them happy and which I'm glad to bring some joy and I sure will enjoy those trains I bought.

    It kinda makes you wonder though, you read about estate auctions all the time, either the person didn't have any relatives left to leave things to or the relatives had no interest in the hobbies of the person who died. I would hope at the end of my track my little one will pick up where I left off, but can only hope for that. I have a few things from my Dads estate from when he died in 1997, a tool box, a bunch of machinist micrometers, a train whistle and a Lionel train set from the 50's. Believe it or not I had no interest in any of these items except for the train whistle. I think this is due to he never let me play or get near the train set and the tools were definately off limits as the tool box stayed locked. The tools aren't worth much as I myself have more modern digital micrcometers and the train set could care less about because it was never a father/son project. None of this stuff is worth much, the micrometers so out dated and getting surface rust from not being used and the Lionel train set, well those took a dump of what they were worth, I seen this exact set go on ebay for only $100 in better condition, so I just keep them. The whistle how ever was given to me from him and told me the history behind it, so this is why I want to keep it.

    This brings me to my next point, if I remember feeling that way when I was a kid, then I must involve my little one in the operations of the train layout as well as watching it run so maybe the interest will be still there when it comes time to pass the torch down when I come to the end of my tracks. My little one has now been able to make the trains operate foward, backward, stop and can even couple and uncouple cars. Still has a long ways to go, needs to learn how to put a car on the track and get all of the wheels on correctly and still needs to learn switching methods. But at least the involvment will hopefull keep the spark going with the hobby. If not, I hope a collector like me will appreciate the trains I have like I do of those I get frome estate sales. I make a thank you prayer for each one I get from a estate sale as those who died which can still provide a joy thru the hobby of trains to others.
     
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    My estate sale auctions

    Originally posted April 9, 2009

    Here is the Estate sale auctions that I won from 2 seperate widows selling off trains. One of these train cars was on my wanted hit list and the other was a special surprse that is a Charles Ro I never knew existed.

    Picture#1 was a USA Trains woodside box car on my wanted hit list

    Picture #2 is a Charles Ro box car that I won that I never knew existed
     

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    More woodside box cars to add to my collection

    Originally posted April 9, 2009

    Here is 2 more box cars to add to my collection. One was on my wanted hit list that I found at the East Coast Large Scale train show in york. The other is a Charles Ro woodside reefer car I got off of ebay for only $20

    Picture #1 was on my wanted hit list found at ECLS train show

    Picture #2 found on ebay for only $20
     

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    Is this a bad sign of things to come or just coincedence

    Originally posted April 11,2009

    After bad luck experience with many Aristocraft locomotives except for the old style C-16 I decided to order a new Aristocraft Mallet in the Rio Grande name. There wasn't enough credit left on my card to make this purchase, so I sent $500 to the credit card company direct through the internet. This transaction was suppose to be finalized on 4/7/09. So I place my order on the internet on 4/8/09 and the vendor left a message the card will not go through. Me being in panic mode thinking someone may have stolen it because it happened to me 2 times over the internet in the last 10 years. I called up the credit card company only to find out they have froze my payment for 14 days. This was ridiculous to find out and I flipped, this a company I paid every week on the card, never had any insufficent funds returned, I never went over my limit and never been late because I paid on it every week. How could this hapen, the only thing they told me is they didn't have to explain why and and had the right to do it. So they have my $500, won't return it but won't apply it towards my credit for 14 days. Make sure you read your credit card agreement terms carefully, because they are all out to make up money for what has been lost out there between mortgages going sour and bankruptcy. Anyway, I explained to my vendor and he stated that unless I could come up with at least half of the money he would not hold this item and to make oit worse he stated it was the last one they had, was that a typical sales pitch? I don't know and wasn't taking any chances and gave him half down on a debit card until next week when my funds get released.

    I hope this isn't a bad sign of things to come already. I only have this one credit card and can't believe what power these companies have on you. The vendor is only giving me one week to pay the balance off. What a terrible Easter mess, I hope your Easter went better.
     
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    Lessons learned when deciding to buy BIG diesels

    Originally posted April 12, 2009

    Well it was another successful Easter open house, but the decision of buying those BIG awesome diesels is costly in more ways than one. When we think about the cost of that wonderful big diesel or steam locomotive we want, we just think about the intial cost of the model. But, there is more grief to pay on a short layout. I had a problem area when running My SD-70MAC locomotives train on track #1 and running my SD40-2 locomotive train on track #2, there was a area that I had to keep a eye on that was real close and sometimes just the vibration of the trains would make the tracks get too close to each other and something would rub. To get arid of the possibilty of any damage to any trains I had to yet get arid of another siding and re-route track #1 where the siding used to be. The lack of the sidings I used to have means now I have to save my money, get myself in gear and get the living room part of the basement done so I can build a 2nd series of train shelves.

    Picture #1 The track to the far right near the wall is where the siding was for my string of 55ft modern tank cars. Now it is the main line thru way for track #1 so it can swing out and around track #2 so the 2 big diesel power trains have no chance of rubbing or damaging each other, but now I have no siding here. The bigger diesel locomotives and modern roling stock just have a bigger over hand and swing, especially on a tight 8ft curve.

    Picture #2 This used to be a 5 track yard, 2 main tracks and 3 sidings. There used to be a siding track in between the space of the train with the orange reefer cars and the locomotives sitting to the right of it. This siding had to be remeoved because the bigger diesels can't manuvere thru a S curve with out at least a 1.5ft straight track in between the S, another words you just can't put a curve to the left and then put a curve to the right together to make your S curve, even using 8ft curves, those big diesels hate that, so to eliminate any mistakes, any S curve that didn't have enough room for at least a 1.5ft piece of straight track in between it, that track or siding was elimainated or completely reworked, in this case, eliminated.

    Picture #3 There was a 4 track siding here, but with the upgrade of X-wide switches, 8ft curves and the 1.5ft staright track rule for S curves including in switch yards has forced me to reduce this to a 2 track siding

    Picture #4 This was a 3 track siding here, but because of the rule every siding and mainline must have 8ft minimum curves to reduce mistakes, has forced me to reduce this down to a 1 track siding

    Picture #5 You will notice written on the floor in black marker, S spur. This siding went in front of my oil tank and wrapped behind those blue legs of my work bench. I adopted the rule of all sidings must be accesible by the train in it's opposite direction. Another words, I want the train to only be able to back up into a siding instead of going forward into it. This was due to a switch failure causing a train to go into the siding and crash into the wall at the end. Thank goodness nothing was hurt since it wasn't going very fast. If the switch had failed and I was going the opposite way, the most the could happen would be a smal derailment or the train would just simply force the switch open.

    Well, like I said, it was a great Easter open house which is reserved for family members only. The train that got the most attention was my USA Trains Heritage series SD-70MAC which is no surprise, it is massive in size. The one comment I got that I really liked is one family member stated that I had more trains than most hobby shops have in stock. Well, I am at 100 pieces of rolling stock now and am done collecting, I have no room for any more and must save money to complete the living room section of the basement by Thanksgiviing time along with the 2nd series of train shelves. I do however look forward to getting the last locomotive I'll purchase, the Aristocraft Mallet.
     

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    Trolley gone bye

    Originally posted April 12, 2009

    As the work continues on in my basement, I want this to be a functional area to watch TV in, relax in and maybe eat in as well as a train room. With these combinations of what I want to do with my basement has forced me to get arid of my trolley and the trolley track. It was way too much anyway and am glad I made that decision, now there is more room for the 3 mailines and for people to get around and sit down.

    Picture #1 Shows what my basement looks like now. You will notice there is no trolley track, but the basement as a functioning area of eating, relaxing and entertaining is getting closer to being done. There is a sofa to the far left and will add a TV which will sit on top of that old lobster trap that is now being used as a storage area.
     

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    S curve do's and dont's

    Originally posted April 13,2009

    If you are running BIG diesels, 8ft curves and knuckle couplers, then this article is for you. I noticed the hook and loop couplers are more forgiving in tight curves than knuckle couplers, but to me running those is just not real enough. Also running big 55ft modern rolling stock and BIG SD-70MAC locomotives have a bigger over hang in a tight curve such as the 8ft curve. Too much tension on a coupler in a curve can cause derailment, coupler failure and truck or wheel fatigue. So I found out alot about do's and don'ts on my own when running these BIG Trains and trying to make S curves. Sometimes S curves are needed and necessary to get around stationary objects that can't be moved. If the S curve is done right it can be your best freind as far as your layout, done wrong and it can wreak bad havit being the worst thing on your layout. Lets take a look at some S curve configuartion pictures.

    Picture #1 Is a typical S curve a modeler can make. A curve to the left connected to a curve to the right, this may be a quick and easy way getting around objects in a short area, but not good for those big diesels using knuckle couplers. The USA SD-70MAC would never make it thru this type of curve equipped with knuckle couplers. Even the USA F3 would have a hard time derailing once in a while thru this due to extreme pressure and force between the locomotive lash up in the couplers, especially since the F3 locomotives lash up real close to each other. This curve would only be ok to run a switcher or the Aristocraft FA thru.

    Picture #2 shows the same S curve with a 1ft piece of straight track in between which does relieve alot of pressure in the swing of the locomotives with couplers, but yet still not good enough for the SD-70MAC locomotives, especially 2 lashed up together with knuckle couplers.

    Picture #3 shows the same S type curve only with a 1.5ft straight and a 1ft staright, this is the bare minimum you can get away with when running 2 SD-70MAC locomotives lashed up together with knuckle couplers and not have extreme pressure on the knuckle couplers.

    Picture #4 is the S curve that I run and recomend when running big diesels, It has a 2ft piece of straight track in between the S curve, although this does take up alot of room and needs to be place properly to get around the object.

    I have decided to adopt the S curve policy in picture #4 statement through out the entire layout, This was due to eliviate the limitations on where I could run my big diesels and big modern freight cars, while also preventing me from having to remember what equipment can run on what track. Now I can run anything, anywhere on the entire layout.

    Remember, I'm not talking about a single locomotive or rail car making it thru these S curves. I'm talking about getting a multi lash up locomotive thru or a entire train thru these S curves with knuckle couplers. Those are 8ft curves in these pictures, the tighter curves make these conditions I'm talking about worse.

    Next article, S curves in switches, something we never think about.
     

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    S curves in switches

    Originally posted April 13, 2009

    Many of us place S curves in switching tracks, but never realize it. For those who absolutely need S curves in switches need to read on, especially if you have BIG diesels, 8ft curves and knuckle couplers.

    Picture #1 shows a right hand switch, but the curve attaching to it is going left, now you have a S curve in a switch. The switch in the picture is a Aristocraft X-wide 10ft curve switch with a 8ft curve attached to it, still those big SD-70MACs would absolutely derail going thru here with a train.

    Picture #2 is my recomendation, the same scenario, but with a 1ft piece of straight track to relieve pressure is a perfect solution to my problem and was adopted everywhere I had this situation. Any place that this would not fit, I pulled up the entire siding or reworked the track placing. Again this is so I can run any equipment anywhere on my layout I want and not have to worry about remembering what can run on which track or siding.

    Of course if I had those monsterous #6 switches with 10ft curves I wouldn't have to worry about anything, but none of that will fit on my layout indoors. So hopefully this will help those in close quarters like me
     

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    Wikedia may confuse G scalers even more

    Originally posted April 14,2009

    We already have discussed in many thread that G scale or I have nick named it General scale due to many scale ratios that are in that make up the G scale family. One thing that all G scale is suppose to have is that they all operate on Gauge #1 track no matter what scale ratio it is.

    Imagine my surprise when I looked up G scale information on Wikedia site and seen that they consider G scale 1:29 and 1:32 scale ratio trains to be Gauge #2 and not gauge #1. I'm thinking how can this be since how 1:29 and 1:32 scale ratio G scale trains run on gauge #1 track. I have never seen Gauge #2 track, they consider scale ratio of 1:24 to 1:20.3 to be gauge #1. HOw can you run a gauge #2 train on gauge #1 track??? If you look at On30 gauge, that is like a O gauge running on HO track, but it is in the gauge nomenclature that this is a O gauge train but is narrow gauge and runs on HO gauge track.

    I think G scale is confusing enough without another source throwing in even more confusion, especially about stating there are 2 different gauges on top of the many different scale ratios. Just remember, all G scale trains run on gauge #1 track, even 7/8 scale.
     
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    Aristocraft Mallet update

    Originally posted April 16, 2009

    Aristocraft Mallet update: The credit card company unfroze my payment finally today and I was able to pay off my Rio Grande Mallet which is the last one the vendor had. In case you are wondering what vendor this is, I'll give you a hint since we can't mention vendor names, they claim to be the biggest G scale vendor in the USA and have 2 stores, one in Nevada and one in Illinios, enough said. I'm looking forward to getting my new Mallet and will be the last locomotive I buy unless USA Trains makes a SD-9 locomotive. I can't really add any more, my collections is getting full. I will search out the last 3 rail cars I need and thats it.
     
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    Running big locos on 8ft curves can create havoc

    Originally posted April 23, 2009

    Before I get started on this subject, first to all of those rivet counters, yes I already know it isn't realistic to run big locomotives on 8ft curves, so back off, we inside G scalers do whats necessary to make what we got work.

    Now thats out of the way, we all love those big locomotives wether it's diesel or steam and just because a manufacturer states that it will run on 8ft curves, doesn't mean you won't have to make some modfication somewhere. Unfortunately when you run such big locomotives or modern rail cars on 8ft curves, you get alot of over hang and swing which can creat havoc in close quater areas, especiall if you are running more than one main line and they are close together. Now the I'm running 2 SD-70MAC locomotives on track #1, 3 SD40-2 locomotives on track #2 and now have a big Mallet 2-8-8-2 steamer to deal with, I had to yet modify another corner which was too close for comfort due to locomotive swing.

    Pictures #1 & #2 you might recognize from my original picture tour of my layout. These close quarter tracks and curves worked well over the years running GP-9 locomotives and maybe a bigger SD-70MAC on the next track, but when running all 3 big locomotives at the same time, the way these tracks are laid out, it is a recipe for disaster.

    Pictures #3 & #4 New reconstruction of the track plan begun. First I had to demo and remove the 2 x 4 wood which was not a main support for the sub flooring but rather it was just used for a door way in which there used to be a accordian door there at one time. With that removed, I could futher space the 3 tracks away from each other at the same time chaning the way it curves. The reason why I chose to make the curves the way I did is simple, if you look at the placing of straights and curves, the not one of the 3 trains can be in a curve at the same place while in the same token, the over hang will not interfere with another train. This took me about 2 hours to figure out and do all of the work.
     

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    Aristocraft 2-8-8-2 Mallet makes inaugural run

    Originally posted April 24, 2009

    I had a huge collection of USA American series 1:24 scale box cars and reefer cars at one time which totaled at 18 pieces. When the Ultimate series 1:29 scale ratio cars came out, I started selling off the American series which had both simulated steel freight cars and woodside freight cars mixed together. I kept some of the woodside freight cars, at leas the ones I thought important to me which brought me to 10 along with the woodside freight cars I picked up from ebay from the last 4 months.

    Now for the first time in about 2 years I once again get to run train #6 as a steam powered train pulling woodside freight cars. The Mallet pulled this string of 10 cars with ease and on track #3. What is so special about my track #3 is that it features a double S curve in one area and it was great to see this tran pull through that on 8ft curves. It was nice also to see this train once agian get pulled along.

    Picture #1 Train #6 is coupled up to Rio Grande Mallet #3414 which is steam up and ready to go.

    Picture #2 The Mallet heads up train #6 going thru the new open are wher I did demo work and as you can see why, this big steam needs the room, where the 2 x 4 once was is now where the mallet is at and you can see the square piece of flooring missing where the stud was.

    Picture #3 The Mallet comes full steam ahead through the tunnel on track #3

    Picture #4 The Mallet heads into the first S turn heading out into the living room area part of the basement.

    Picture #5 Shows the Mallet handling the double S curve on track #3 well while heading toward the main basemnt area around this near 90 circle curve. But again, the Mallet handles the 8ft curves well.

    Track #3 will not be the Mallets permanant home, the Mallet will eventually be put on a permant Christmas Schedule run on track #2 while train #3 the Flat service train will be put on the Spring / Summer or as I call it the Easter schedule on track #3 starting in 2010. The Mallet will look more at home running with my F3 ABBA and GP-9 trains on the Christmas schedule.
     

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    Aristocraft Full day run a success

    Originally posted May 2, 2009

    I ran my Aristocraft Mallet on a full day run last Saturday for a little show off open house for family members and for the most part it was successful. There were only two glitches which were easily fixed. The first glitch was that when I operated the Mallet in reverse, I noticed the draw bar on the tender would come unhooked and cause a derailment, even when not coupled to a train. So basiclly I tied the drawbar together with a tie wrap from a loaf of bread which seems to have stopped this problem. We all know that basment floors in older homes here are not true or perfect, there are small dips. Well, I noticed the trailing axle was comin off track, the only good thing was there was a switch nearby that would actually put it back on track when the locomotive went over it. So I shimmed up the section of track that was in a dip. So other than the sensitive rear trailing axle and the reverse derailment problem, everything power train wise ran perfect and never missed a beat.
     

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