So I've got a couple of new (to me) cars that I -really- want to use
(they both fit TTs definition of "signature freight cars") regularly -
and they are both having problems with derailing on both curves
and turnouts. And when they derail on a turnout it isn't only when
they are traveling the diverging route. These are both Overland
box cars and being brass they are relatively heavy (as compared to
I have checked the wheel gauge - perfect. I have checked how
well the wheels roll - not the best (they are brass) but certainly
not "terrible". I have checked that the trucks swivel freely and
they do. And the wheels are clean and free of any over spray on
the treads and flanges. (Yes, they are RP25 profile and there
are no 'nicks' in the treads/wheels.)
And I have checked that the trucks are all capable of rocking from
side to side. One of them is fully equalized (the side frames swivel
relative to the bolster- easily) and the other car has rigid truicks -
but I have checked that those rock easily. Neither car has trucks
that are catty wompous or that "take a set" without returning to
I have also checked that the couplers are in gauge and working
correctly ("just in case") ... both cars have whisker #5s.
Other than replacing them with different trucks what can I do?
Is there some check or 'trick' that I'm missing/have forgotten?
- Jim B.