14639Re: [z_scale] Re: Very poor running.
- Jun 1, 2003One possible way of avoiding this problem is to drill holes through the
ties(sleepers) and into the baseboard (very necessary if you have a fairly
hard material for a baseboard anyhow) - drill to a depth that just allows
the end of track pins to "bite" into the baseboard, using a drill that is
what I would describe as "barely clearance" for the track pins
Well that is how I did it on my most recent layout, and it seems to work
As ever, use as few pins as possible
----- Original Message -----
From: "rohirrim98236" <rohirrim@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2003 6:12 AM
Subject: [z_scale] Re: Very poor running.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Terry J.N. Rowsell" <terryrowsell@y...> wr=
> I am at the point where all of my track is layed on my Z scale layout
> and the scenery is coming along.
> BUT I can never ever ever get my little locos to run around once
> without stopping.
> My two Z scale locos are Markln and for all intents and purposes 0-4-
> 0 locos electrically which is itself frustrating.
> I am at the end of my rope!
[I am just back and catching up on a few weeks
of emails, so please forgive the `step backwards".]
I too had been suffering from a very similar experience
(especially the rope part!). My two locos are Märklin
8895 (five pole 2-6-0) and Märklin 8899 (three pole 4-6-0)
I had the good fortune, a couple of weeks ago, of taking my
locos to Terry Sutfin's house and running them on the
Poorville and Debt City. They ran fine -- smooth, no
hesitation and well at slow speeds. He graciously lent me
a few of his (4 axle and 6 axle Märklin Diesel and
Electrics) to try on my layout. Because of the much longer
wheel base I was able to `see' problems in the track
which were not apparent otherwise.
Terry also questioned me about my tack nails. I was sure
they had not been put in too deeply (which I could verify
with an optivisor!), but he wondered if the tight fit in the
molded-in hole might still create enough friction to cause
just enough binding [leteral movement of the rail heads]
to be a problem. (This guess was prompted by the fact that
the locos run very well on the two sections on Faller bridges
where NO nails had been used.)
I proceeded to remove ALL the nails (track was already held
in place by ballast and glue), and some of the problems
cleared up right away.
Just a bit of experience which might be of help to you, or
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