I have had instances where cars will derail on the SFRSD without apparent reason on some of my turnouts. All of my cars are weighted and all have been retro fitted over many years with MTL 1030 trucks.
Several of my friends have switched out the axles on their cars and replaced the Pizza cutters with the new MTL Medium Flange 33" wheels.
So I have taken the plunge. I purchased 648 axle sets, painted each of the wheels with Tamiya Red Brown or Rail brown using a Micro Brush and started to get ready to install them.
I went to each of the smaller yards in turn and did the cars in each of these (to keep them in the correct location with the car cards).
Yesterday two of my mates came for lunch (thats always a good way to bribe anyone) and we switched out the remaining 93 cars axle sets.
Now all I need to do is put them back in place and get ready for my Ops session on Friday night and see how these perform.
I also did a bit more weathering over the weekend, here's just one of the cars completed.
First of all I must say that the new wheels sets have been well worth the exercise, hardly a derailment except where I need to do some adjustments on a couple of turnouts that are not working as they should. So if any one is having trouble with their cars and using Pizza Cutters make the change.
I have three brands of sound decoders.
MRC in my SD40-2's and two FP45's, the Arther's locos that came standard with soundtrax in my FP45 and F45 and two older U Boats Kato U 28's that have had Locsound decoders fitted.
The MRC were plug and play well sort of but are not too bad for sound, better than not having any sound at all.
The Soundtrax in the F45's are absolutely fabulous and so to the locsound.
The locsound had to be hard wired and a lot of metal taken out in the fuel tank area to fit two very small speakers face down. They do sound very good.
If Soundtrax made them to fit every model I would go that way in a heart beat.
Yeah it does help. I heard to stay away from the MRC's and I was leaning towards the loksound or soundtrax but more towards the loksound due to price. Thanks for the info! Might have to try those wheels also.