Looking for ideas for adding weight to tank cars that don't disassemble

yellow_cad Feb 3, 2019

  1. yellow_cad

    yellow_cad TrainBoard Member

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    Does anyone have a unique method for adding weight to tank cars that don't disassemble?
     
  2. Onizukachan

    Onizukachan TrainBoard Supporter

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    Perhaps drill a hiddenhole and add shot from below? Then squeeze in a little epoxy to glue the shot in place internally so it doesn’t rattle?
     
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  3. HOexplorer

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    I second that opinion.
     
  4. gjslsffan

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    I did this very thing, many times, get the smallest "shot" you can get. I tried gluing with thinned carpenters glue a couple times, but it was my experience that the shot ended up where it wanted to be, via vibration. Has worked very well for me anyways.
     
  5. Hardcoaler

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    Good suggestions above. Out of curiosity, which brand of tank cars are these?
     
  6. yellow_cad

    yellow_cad TrainBoard Member

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    The tank car immediately needing weight is a Bachmann Made in China. This car happens to be decorated just right for my current application.
     
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  7. Onizukachan

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    Thought of something else that would require an even smaller hole... sand.
     
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  8. gjslsffan

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    Thats a good idea too!
     
  9. drgw12

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    Do a Google search for ''Liquid Gravity" made by a British company. Pretty neat stuff and is lead free.
     
  10. MP333

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    I've used both shot/glue and sand. Also, steel wheels.
     
  11. Tony Burzio

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    I told a friend about shot, and he showed up at an NTrak show with a quart bottle of shot. A huge concrete floor hall about the size of four football fields. I advised him that dropping the jar of shot would be, erm, interesting and pretty comical... :)
     
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