Kadee code 88 wheels.
Richard Hendrickson told me that his preferred wheels were made by NWSL. Richard's preferrence was based on NWSL wheels which were turned from Nickel Silver, not brass, in their manufacture. All of the NS plated IMRC and Rebox brass wheels would eventually lose their thin, shinny plating when going distances on layouts, exposing the brass underlying material. Richard disliked shinny brass wheel treads with a passion. This is the reason that was not easily debated against by people who expected frequent operations.
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, 3:39:45 PM PDT, Brian Carlson via groups.io <prrk41361@...> wrote:
I don’t think it’s a dumb question. Speaking only for myself it’s availability. I can buy intermountain, Reboxx, Kadee at the hobby shop, retail or online. Reboxx not so much now. I have never been in a store or on a website that had Northwest short line wheel sets available so I’ve never been exposed to them.
I just looked at their website and a couple of them look interesting I may sample a package of each of their code 88.
Brian J. Carlson
On May 14, 2020, at 5:21 PM, Raymond Stern <raymondstern1@...> wrote:
Please let me ask a dum question. I have been using NWSL
.088 wheel sets for more years than I choose to admit. I have
used them since before the IMR, Kadee, and Rebox .088 wheel
sets were ever available. They have three axle lengths and one
with an axle diameter that fits Atlas journals without having to
ream them out. They appear to be brass wheels and are on
metal axles. Yes I paint the wheels.
I have used them on my freight and passenger cars and have
also used their half axle .088 wheels on my diesels.
My diesels and rolling stock have operated just fine for years at
home, at the club, and at several friends layouts.
However, every time over the past three or four years .088 wheels
comes up as subject NWSL is never mentioned. Huh?