Aristocraft rolling stock help needed.

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RR Dave
25 Apr 2020
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I am trying to improve some Aristocraft rolling stock. It wouldn't take much since they are beat up, using plastic wheels ( that measure 35 ½ mm?) and have parts/springs/couplers missing. Any recommendations for better wheels, trucks, couplers, whatever would be appreciated. Here's some pictures of one of the cars. Thanks.
 

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RR Dave
25 Apr 2020
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Why did it rotate my pictures? Weird, but still readable, I guess.
 
dunnyrail

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Why did it rotate my pictures? Weird, but still readable, I guess.
Firstly if you change the size of your pictures they take the orientation of what they were photed with. I had this on my 3 pictures posted just now where I reduced the size and were offered upside down cos that is probably how the iPod was when I took them. Reloaded with no changes and they were correctly orientated.

As for your Wagon, Bachmann Metal Wheels will work fine though LGB are the same size but somewhat more expensive and much shinier. Though stateside there are other options around and sure someone from your neck of the woods will chip in. KD couplings would appear to be a good choice. Not so sure about the springs, would a cut off Biro one work? As for other detailing am sure that there have been US suppliers around.
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

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Baxhmann wheels don't always work well in Aristo wagons - they're a little tight for length, something to do with the insulated bushings.

It tends to be worth persevering with repairing the Aristo axles - sometimes a brass tube over the plastic centre piece does the trick.

I haven't tried GRS insulated wheels in Aristo stock, and I'm not sure what diameters are currently available.

I'm not sure whether Brandbright are currently supplying insulated wheelsets either.

Now, some while ago, someone had found a suitable spring for the bogies - age and senility prevent me from remembering who or where :think::think::think::think:
 
Greg Elmassian

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Those are the older wheels, and you would be best served with metal wheels, unless cost is an issue, look to RLD hobbies for replacement wheels.

The Aristo springs are easy to find, they are the same as what is in their hook and loop couplers. Post on a US site like LSC or MLS and someone will put a few in an envelope.

Greg
 
John Le Forestier

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I decided that these equalized trucks were, in several ways that I shan't detail here, more trouble than they were worth. I simply filled in the space for the springs with a small block of black plastic. Presto! no more grief.
Remember Johnnychuffchuff's first rule of trucks: one swivels, one rocks.
 
Rhinochugger

Rhinochugger

Retired Oik
27 Oct 2009
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North West Norfolk
Those are the older wheels, and you would be best served with metal wheels, unless cost is an issue, look to RLD hobbies for replacement wheels.

The Aristo springs are easy to find, they are the same as what is in their hook and loop couplers. Post on a US site like LSC or MLS and someone will put a few in an envelope.

Greg
You'll need a few spare - they have a habit of launching themselves into orbit while you're trying to locate them in the bogie :mask: :mask:
 
Greg Elmassian

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There are several techniques to put in the springs... a piece of dental floss through the spring saves any from orbit.

It is not a huge thing, just do something to control the spring. There are also tools to help compress springs for a couple of bucks, worth the investment.

Greg
 
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RR Dave
25 Apr 2020
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Idaho
Greg, Guess we happen to be looking at the forum at the same time today. Thanks for the tips. Spent 2 days in West Yellowstone and 11 hours working on the railroad there. There are some interesting problems to solve. I should probably email you and not clog up the forum with non thread-specific items. Also, received the 44 tonner wheelsets today.