Re: Truck Journal Conversions

John Hagen <sprinthag@...>

I’m surprised that these weren’t more readily available before now.

Back in the late 80’s I bashed a model of the two Thrall steel bay window cabooses (613/113 & 614/114) bought by the Green Bay & Western.

These were purchased as kits and built at the Norwood shops. They used plain bearing trucks but did eventually change to converted trucks, at least on one of them. I used roller bearing trucks I converted by using plain bearing journals I cut off some trucks I had around. Then O drilled out the covers and filed the opening square. Then I had to remove a lot of material from the opening using files and dental tools to get them to fit around the roller bearing castings. I also had to do some filing around the base of the roller bearings but did not have to remove anything from any visible parts of the roller bearings.

Overall, they turned decent enough for who they were for (me). But it was a lot of work that had to be done 8 times!

Believe me if do another, something I’ve been wanting to do since I did the first, which was for a friend, I will use Rapido trucks.

John Hagen


From: <> On Behalf Of Rich C via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Truck Journal Conversions


Steve, Rapido makes them


Rich Christie




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On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:35:16 PM CST, StephenK <thekays100@...> wrote:



It seems to me that many moons ago MDC made an AAR-style truck with the journal box doors removed to represent a conversion to roller bearings.   I needed a pair for a project I did (a Conrail GSC depressed center flat car).  If I remember correctly, I found a pair on True-Line trains website and got them thru them.   They aren't there now though....

Steve Kay

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