Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

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This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Fox Valley wheels

Rolling stockPosted by lennart Wed, February 25, 2009 20:53:50

While slowly working along with my curved turnout assembly I also try to find other small projects to get some variation. I accomplished one such project this evening.

Some time ago I bought some Fox Valley metal wheel sets. They are low-profile (have low wheel flanges) and come in some different flavors:

- Different axle lengths to fit different makes of trucks
- Different wheel diameters

I bought 33" wheels with .540" axles for Micro-Trains trucks and .553" axles which will among other fit newer Atlas trucks. Today I set out to replace the wheels on my 50' and longer freight cars (mostly boxcars).

I think the look generally improved and in some cases the cars also roll noticably better. Here is a photo of a flat-car with Fox Valley wheels on the left truck and the original Micro-Trains plastic wheels on the right truck.

The metal wheels look more distinct, and the wheel flanges are not that apparent. Click here to view a larger picture.

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Posted by lennart Mon, March 09, 2009 22:41:56

Yes, don't they!

Posted by H.J.W. Sun, March 08, 2009 22:55:11

The Fox Valley wheels look sooooo much better than the MT ones.

It just shows that a small change can make a big difference!