Re: need help in regard of correct trucks


Brian, Ben, Bruce, Tony,

lots of thanks for all your informative replies! So I will give KADEE a try with the 70ton and the T-section truck at least. What is the difference between older and newer KADEE wheels? They still are not turnings!?

I remember the odd construction of the RED CABOOSE trucks, especially the large size of the bolster which made the addition of brake shoes difficult.
I will order the BOWSER 2D-F8 trucks. These do have brake shoes, but unfortunately not in gauge (it seems at the picture at least) - but changing this on only two trucks is okay.

Many thanks again and greetings

Modeling the early post-war years up to about 1953

Gesendet: Dienstag, 23. April 2019 um 00:17 Uhr
Von: "Benjamin Hom" <b.hom@...>
Betreff: Re: [RealSTMFC] need help in regard of correct trucks

Johannes Markwart asked:
"I have three PRR cars in need of new trucks: a X29 with plate ends and doors, a X29 with corrugated ends and doors, and a H25 quad hopper. I suspect for the X29s the 2D-F8 would be correct."
"The best looking 2DF8 seems to be the RED CABOOSE truck as is the case with the Bettendorf T-section truck - but are these available somewhere separately?"

I like the Red Caboose 2D-F8 truck for an early version of that truck, but I'm not a fan of its construction and odd bolster height.  I prefer the Bowser 2D-F8 truck (Stock No. #74286 without wheelsets, #74277 with wheelsets) which represents later versions of the truck and is nicely detailed.  Install Code 88 wheelsets and you're good to go.

"But what for the hopper? BOWSERs "Crown 70 ton Andrews"? And is this a good representation?"

Yes. Stock No. #74090 without wheelsets, #74091 with wheelsets.  

"One of them would be the KADEE HGC trucks which are nice, but some weeks ago I have read a note from another member of this group (I think) that by his experiences KADEE wheels are even worse dirt collectors than plastic ones - he does not recommend to use them. But which other wheel sets fit those trucks nicely? Code 88 of course. Or do you have good experiences using KADEE wheels?"

I'm not a fan of the old Kadee sintered iron wheelsets as they are dirt magnets, though someone has reported that they no longer make them.  As for the HGC 2D-F8 trucks, I prefer using them on PRR hoppers, gons, and flat cars as they add extra weight, something I don't have trouble adding to a house car.

Ben Hom  

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