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Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« on: May 24, 2014, 10:18:37 PM »
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I have a RN-18410 reefer and I am not satisfied with the fixed knuckle coupler it came with.  I am thinking of going with the Micro-Trains Bettendorf truck to replace it.  Has anyone done this or have any thoughts?
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 11:11:54 PM »
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They probably will work.  I was happy to track down a couple painted in FGE a few years ago.  But I abandoned them after discovering compromised detail, such as the missing lower door track.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 12:17:47 PM »
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Interesting thing is, it appears to be an axle issue and not a coupler issue.  The wheels are too close together and are hanging up on the frogs in my turnouts.  I swapped them out with some old Atlas axles and the car now runs fine.  That was a cheap fix.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 04:00:00 PM »
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Interesting thing is, it appears to be an axle issue and not a coupler issue.  The wheels are too close together and are hanging up on the frogs in my turnouts.  I swapped them out with some old Atlas axles and the car now runs fine.  That was a cheap fix.

Do you own either a Micro-Trains or NMRA gauge?  It would make it easy to check whether the wheels are in gauge.  Are those 1-piece molded plastic wheel sets or can the wheels be adjusted on a metal axle?  I know that you found a workaround, but I'm still curious about the original wheels.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2014, 04:19:43 PM »
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The original axles are one piece plastic so not much you can do with them.  The new axles roll better than the prior so I still want to do some more tinkering.  I have never had gauge issues before outside a flawed Atlas turn out.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 06:06:16 PM »
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The original axles are one piece plastic so not much you can do with them.  The new axles roll better than the prior so I still want to do some more tinkering.  I have never had gauge issues before outside a flawed Atlas turn out.

I see. So you have no way to tell whether the Red Caboose wheels are out fo gauge (narrow) or if possibly the Atlas wheels are wide in gauge.   :)  Again, for the sake of curiosity.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2014, 06:31:46 PM »
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The Red Caboose axle is too narrow.  This came off of a car I purchased on eBay and I have no way of knowing if they are original or not.  They did seem a little loose in the trucks.  The bad axles do not travel through Atlas or Peco code 80 turn outs. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2014, 07:27:09 PM »
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Thanks Brian.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2014, 08:07:00 PM »
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I hope I was helpful.
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2014, 09:23:26 PM »
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I hope I was helpful.

I found your info helpful in understanding the problem (if I ever run into a similar situation).  The only Red Caboose rolling stock I own is the NE caboose. I should dig it up and see if its wheels are also narrow in gauge.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2014, 10:12:43 PM »
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The ice reefer is the old Precision Masters tooling.  Once Red Caboose acquired the rights to those models, the reefer was short-lived while the Ortner hopper continued to be a viable model.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2014, 09:56:45 PM »
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I just won a lot of six cars.  It will be interesting to see how they turn out.
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2014, 06:00:47 AM »
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The only Red Caboose rolling stock I own is the NE caboose.

Red Caboose made a caboose?  I don't remember that release...
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2014, 03:32:44 PM »
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Red Caboose made a caboose?  I don't remember that release...

Bowser/Red Caboose?  Wasn't that the company that produced the Pennsy/New England style cabooses.  I have few in B&M colors.  I remember them being rather pricey.

Or am I totally confused?  :facepalm:
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Re: Red Caboose steel reefer truck question?
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2014, 05:39:20 PM »
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Bowser is not Red Caboose, although I've bought many red cabooses from them. :)

Red Caboose was bought out by Intermountain.  Bowser bought out Delaware Valley's line, but  Bowser's  PRR cabooses and hoppers came later...
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