Walthers Freight truck bolster height?

Mr. Trainiac May 23, 2020

  1. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    Is the height from the railhead to the top of the truck bolster an industry standard? I am looking for that measurement for Walthers trucks (regular freight car trucks: solid, roller bearing; doesn't matter). Are walthers trucks interchangeable with Atlas or others? From my understanding, the Athearn trucks are a bit shorter, requiring washers when installing them on other cars.
  2. fordy744

    fordy744 TrainBoard Member

    I don't believe there is an industry standard and I haven't found two the same...

    My experience of Atlas is they are unique to their bolsters so making truck swaps is difficult.

    I ended up fitting a set of Walthers trucks to an E&C shops boxcar, as the previous owner had butchered them, it actually set the height spot on with no washers...

    I would always use measurments of the particular trucks you are going to use. ideally have the trucks to hand and build around them.
    gmorider likes this.

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