MT Trucks, which ones to use?

mtaylor Jul 22, 2000

  1. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I intend to use MT trucks and couplers on all of my rolling stock. What I am confused about is what type of truck to use with certain cars to remain protypical. I am not as concerned about shank length (not that this info would hurt) as I am with type. N Scale Supply does a good job of specifing MT replacements for items they sell. Does anyone know of a online database of cars and MT truck and coupler replacements?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. Craig Martyn

    Craig Martyn TrainBoard Member

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    I am not sure about the era(s) you model, but for almost all modern stuff uses #1035 which is the barber roller bearing truck. That truck and the Bettendorf (#????) are the most commenly used. The Bettendorf style is for the older style cars.

    Most model train car makers have the appropriate style truck already on the car so once you are familiar with the trucks by looks, you can distinguish the type of truck by just looking at it (making them esiar to convert).

    Like a lot of things, it is not hard but just takes time. Have fun!

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  3. chessie

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    I don't know of a site per se that has this info... for the most part, I refer to prototype pics to be my guide. The more modern the car, usually, the more modern the trucks (except where older cars have been rebuilt)...

    Chessie
     
  4. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Another guide is the capacity of the car. 50-70 ton cars (eg. rebuilt 40' boxcars from the late 60's-70's) would use similar to MTL's 1030 2-spring roller-bearing trucks and new cars in the 70-100 ton range would use similar to MTL's 1035 3-spring Barber S-2.
    Of course, as Chessie and Craig have already said, use the prototype to guide your decision. And, yes, MTL make only a couple of the available prototype trucks used out there [​IMG]

    Gary.



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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by espee2:
    Uuhmm , err.. uhh.. how about http://www.micro-trains.com ? they have all the info you need...

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    Ok Wise Guy! [​IMG] I do not see any info on truck replacements for most of rolling stock produced in N-Scale. Such as Intermountain, Deluxe, Red Caboose, etc. I download the Excel Spreadsheet and all it had was Atlas and AHM. That certainly does not seem like all the information that I would need. If they have the all mighty database, they buried it. I am not interested in just Micro Trains rolling stock or locomotive conversions. I think I will use the previous advice.

    Matt

    [This message has been edited by mtaylor (edited 27 July 2000).]
     
  9. mdrzycimski

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mtaylor:
    Ok Wise Guy! [​IMG] I do not see any info on truck replacements for most of rolling stock produced in N-Scale. Such as Intermountain, Deluxe, Red Caboose, etc. I download the Excel Spreadsheet and all it had was Atlas and AHM. That certainly does not seem like all the information that I would need. If they have the all mighty database, they buried it. I am not interested in just Micro Trains rolling stock or locomotive conversions. I think I will use the previous advice.

    Matt

    [This message has been edited by mtaylor (edited 27 July 2000).]
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    Try clicking on the tabs for the other books at the bottom of the spreadsheet. You will see all of the other mfgs there.

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  10. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have downloaded the database and Mike is correct there are tabs on the bottom of the page. One thing a couldn't find on the MT site was a description of thier trucks. I'm sure they used to have pictures

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  11. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mdrzycimski:
    Try clicking on the tabs for the other books at the bottom of the spreadsheet. You will see all of the other mfgs there.

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    I have one more question............

    What's a good side dish with Crow [​IMG]

    I can not believe I did not notice that. That's scary. I work with computers for a living (at least for now [​IMG])

    Oh well, so I was wrong. First time for everything [​IMG]

    Matt
     
  12. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mtaylor:

    I have one more question............

    What's a good side dish with Crow [​IMG]

    I can not believe I did not notice that. That's scary. I work with computers for a living (at least for now [​IMG])

    Oh well, so I was wrong. First time for everything [​IMG]

    Matt
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    Not a problem at all... we all have eaten it in various fashions at one time or another... (even though some will not admit) I missed the point of the original post by not sending folks to Micro-Trains site :0

    Chessie
     

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