what trucks to use for sound pick up in a freight car

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What trucks work good for either box or stock cars that are made for the electrical pickup needed to wire in a sound decoder? I have had difficulty in determining this from Walthers catalog. Passenger cars and engines I am okay with. But what works good for frieght cars?

thanks to those responding and to those who have helped me out before!

-- larry gerould (lgerould@remc4.k12.mi.us), February 10, 2000



Assuming your cars have plastic underframes so that the trucks don't short at the bolsters - there are a number of metal trucks available. I use the old Central Valley trucks picked up at swap meets and shows. There is also the newer EB trucks which are reproductions of the Linberg line, and you can get older styles of archbar trucks from BC models. One key thing is to replace the wheel sets with metal sets having only onw wheel insulated. (Be ceratin that the insulated wheel is correct from each axle on the same side of the truck)! There may well be other metal trucks that fit the bill. For really good power pickup you maywant to consider a phospher bronze wipper constructed with small PC board carriers epoxied onto the bolster arrangement.

-- Ed McCamey (emccamey@cheerful.com), February 19, 2000.

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