Broadway Limited ALCo PA's w/Sound

Keith Jun 7, 2011

  1. hnipper

    hnipper TrainBoard Member

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    ... I replaced my traction tire wheels for regular wheels on all four; makes a huge difference in stop-studder crap with the decoders.

    Brian[/QUOTE]

    @Brian,
    How do you recommend replacing the TT wheels with 'regular' wheels? I have noticed the same 'stop stutter' performance you mention.

    Regards, and thanks,
    Henry
     
  2. bkloss

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    I contacted BLI and got the wheels from them. It makes a huge difference. Now, keep in mind that the tractive performance will be somewhat diminished but I usually will run 2 of their locos together so its not an issue.

    Brian
     
  3. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    What did it cost for replacement wheels?
    I'm guessing an 11 car Kato California Zephyr won't be a problem?
    Might have to consider, depending on how my units run.
    Won't know till tomorrow night.
     
  4. hnipper

    hnipper TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I ran my set of Alcos on our N-trak layout and there were enough episodes of stuttering and restarting to make me want to switch wheels.....
    Henry
     
  5. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    Got my units today! Been running, and experimenting with
    them for about an hour. Think if I'd have cleaned track FIRST, they'd run a bit better!
    Although, operations smoothed out nicely after a few minutes.
    Only thing I found, is the units do NOT like a couple of my turnouts!
    They'd hit the frog, die and restart almost immediately.
    But, only at a slow speed. Higher speed didn't make too much difference.
    However, they also ran through same turnouts in the opposite direction
    with NO problems of any sort!
    Aside from a couple of quirks to start, I'm happy with my units!
     
  6. Westfalen

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    You're not alone, mine do the same, mainly on Kato #4's set up with the frogs dead, with the frogs live they do OK.
     
  7. Keith

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    Mine are Atlas Custom #4 with Caboose ground throws.
    Guess I'll have to look into wheel replace,ment also.
    Unless I can swap wheels with the unpowered B unit??
    Putting the traction tired wheels on it instead.
    Or, see if I can run wires between the A units for
    improved electrical pick up. Have plenty of time
    to decide what I'm gonna do.
     

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