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MarcVanCleven

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I have been experimenting a bit with metal wheelsets replacing the MicroTrains Heavywieght passenger cars, and I haven't really come to a definitive decision. What do you out there find works best?

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 09:59:13 PM »
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I have been experimenting a bit with metal wheelsets replacing the MicroTrains Heavywieght passenger cars, and I haven't really come to a definitive decision. What do you out there find works best?

You need to provide more information: (1) The code of rail you are using (2) The brand of track you are using (3) The brand of turnouts you are using (4) The size turnouts you are using (5) Your minimum radius you'll be running your passenger cars on.

What "works best" depends a lot on your track manufacturer as some wheels work great on some brands of track and other wheels don't work well at all on other brands of track.

Cheerio!
Bob Gilmore

MarcVanCleven

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 10:11:25 PM »
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I run on a mix of layout track... the Capital City "N"Gineers club and private modules consist of Atlas, and Peco (mostly) code 80 and Peco code 70/55. At home I use both Kato Unitrack for my larger layout and on my switching modules Atlas code 55. I shim my Peco turnout frogs, as I have done since 1985.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 10:44:14 PM »
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I run Fox Valley .540's on mine. I'd recommend going with the wides for you though since you'd run on such a variety of track styles.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 11:21:30 PM »
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I run Fox Valley .540's on mine. I'd recommend going with the wides for you though since you'd run on such a variety of track styles.

I agree.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 02:43:58 PM »
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It hasn't been mentioned, but those should be 36" wheels.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 03:18:08 PM »
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It hasn't been mentioned, but those should be 36" wheels.

I agree. 8) :)

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 05:36:56 PM »
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/\ What he said

MarcVanCleven

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 09:30:56 PM »
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Thanks guys, I was leaning toward them, but wanted some outside opinions. Helpful.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 09:42:52 PM »
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The 36" do not fit the MT passenger trucks.
Which ever side of the track I am on is the right side.

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 10:38:37 PM »
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They fit in mine

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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2017, 12:01:06 AM »
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They don't fit the 1017 and 1018 trucks. I forgot that MT redesign the trucks for the Heavyweights.
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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2017, 02:19:08 AM »
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They don't fit the 1017 and 1018 trucks. I forgot that MT redesign the trucks for the Heavyweights.

Couldn't you do some trimming of the truck to make them fit?  It is the brake shoes that rub on the 36" wheel thread (because they were made for 33" wheels)?
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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2017, 09:52:44 AM »
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Couldn't you do some trimming of the truck to make them fit?  It is the brake shoes that rub on the 36" wheel thread (because they were made for 33" wheels)?

On the four wheel yes, but no on the 6 wheel since the big problem is with the center axle and the trimming require would weakened the truck side frames.
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Re: What metal wheelset replacement works best with MicroTrains Heavyweights?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 10:18:19 AM »
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Hi Marc,

For the new MT heavyweight trucks, use the Fox Valley MT 36" wide tread since you'll be running on N-Trak layouts.  If you're using the older heavyweight trucks, you'll need to use the 33" wheels (also wide tread).

I use the narrow tread wheels since it looks more prototypical.  These work well on the modutrak layout (code 55 track) as well as my home layout (code 80).  My trackwork is pretty good and I never have problems with derailments.  Some N-Trak module's trackwork is a bit suspect which is why I would recommend the wide tread wheels. 

Nate
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