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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2013 08:27 pm
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Obviously, nobody reads my posts (above) so have fun with this "conversion"...

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 Posted: Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 12:13 am
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Woodie,
You crack me up!
Converting 3 rail to 2 rail can be easily done in some cases.Changing out trucks and couplers can be done relatively easy on the newer Atlas O freight cars. The newer passenger cars could also be a walk in the park, but the differancein price between 3 rail and 2 rail is literally a few bucks. I have converted 3 rail cars only when the 2 rail were no longer available. It costs more that way, but you have what you want,

Now, as far as the licomtives go.....those are a royal pain in the old keester!!! Converting then from 3 rail not onky consists of turning wheels, flanges and the center roller, but you also have the problem of insulating the trucks and actually changing the wheelsets as 3 rail is AC and 2 rail runs on DC. Then there us the motor........

If you want to convert to P:48, then you have re-gauge the wheelsets and well as the aforementioned changes. You want steam ? Do all of the above and then mill the chassis, get P:48 scale wheels with scale flanges. And theb there's hand laying thr track. House Of Duddy has P:48 flex track, but in all my years in Ow60, the only P:48 switches that are availabke are in kit form and you had better be good at handlaying track as P:48 is very unforgiving. You don' t see many large P:48 railroads out there.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 12:18 am
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Please excuse the typos in my last message, guys. I got a new stupid smart phone today and between fat fingers and weakening eyeballs, this is a real treat!



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I've been in 3-rail for about 20 years and currently have a 12x12 3-rail layout. About the only advantage to 3-rail is there's a load of stuff out there for running on 3-rail track.

But...most of it can be converted to 2-rail, especially the rolling stock. Engines require a lot more work as the drivers/wheels have to be turned down/replaced so the wheels will ride on the rail and not off the rail on the pizza-cutter flanges.

All my 3-rail equipment now has Kadee couplers and the diesels have fixed pilots instead of those awful-looking pilots that swing with the trucks.

I now have a 2-rail Weaver RS3 (it came 3-rail but I got some NWSL 2-rail wheels and converted it) and will most likely build a 2-rail shelf switching layout.

There are some folks who run equipment with 2-rail wheels on 3-rail equipment, but when going over switch frogs the wheels will dip unless a shim is placed at the bottom of each frog.

With the MTH DCS system, it can run off AC or DC from what everybody says, I haven't tried it (I currently have both MTH DCS and Lionel TMCC on my layout and can run all brands of 3-rail engines).

I just ordered a battery-powered RC system from Tony Walsham in Australia to install in my RS3 or in one of the 3-rail engines I have, a MTH Railking 2-8-0. If this works as planned I may be converting the other 12 engines I have to BPRC.

3rd Rail/GGD makes their equipment on both 2 and 3-rail and have come out with some of the best looking passenger cars I've seen. Pricey but you get a great looking model.

Bob D.

Last edited on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 05:30 pm by Bob D



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