Walthers Freight truck bolster height?

Mr. Trainiac May 23, 2020

  1. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    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

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    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.
     
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