Aristocraft Wheels

electricity_bill

Registered
11 Feb 2010
668
2
Country flag
Hello . Has anybody got a source for replacement wheels for Aristocraft ALCOs and U boats please?
 

Paradise

Registered
28 Jan 2010
1,054
257
Country flag
I don't know about just the wheels but Bachmann are now making the EggLiner and replacement motor blocks.
Same motor block as the Aristocraft FA, U-25 and RS-3.
If you can't get them local to your region Mike Kidman at Reindeer Pass is good to deal with. Reindeer Pass Railroad
 
Last edited:

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
20,236
3,993
73
St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
Country flag

Paul M

Registered
25 Oct 2016
7,232
1,140
58
Royston
Country flag
Alright, it fell flat, but I thought U boats were submarines
 

JimmyB

Semi-Retired; more time for trains.
Country flag

electricity_bill

Registered
11 Feb 2010
668
2
Country flag
Yes, but there must be another sort of U Boat
Quote from Wikipedia "The U25B (nicknamed U-Boat) was the first commercially successful domestic diesel electric road locomotive designed, built, and sold by General Electric after its split with the American Locomotive Company (Alco), a company dating back to the steam era." Aristocraft also made them by the thousand.
 

Attachments

  • New_Haven_2520_(U25B)_going_through_Danbury,_CT_on_Matbrook_freight_line,_July_28,_1968_(22366...jpg
    New_Haven_2520_(U25B)_going_through_Danbury,_CT_on_Matbrook_freight_line,_July_28,_1968_(22366...jpg
    222.7 KB · Views: 0

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
20,236
3,993
73
St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
Country flag
I must read too many magazines to know that there was a dismal called a U-boat.
 

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
20,236
3,993
73
St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
Country flag

electricity_bill

Registered
11 Feb 2010
668
2
Country flag
To get back on track (sorry) does any one know of a method of refurbishing worn Aristo wheels? I assume painting the tread is a waste of time?
 

PhilP

G Scale, 7/8th's, Electronics
5 Jun 2013
28,594
2,929
Tamworth, Staffs.
Country flag
I know of someone who had new wheels turned in stainless steel..

Now, whether I can find the information again, is another matter.. :(

This was for the Class 66.

PhilP
 

Fred2179G

Registered
20 Apr 2017
640
138
USA
Country flag
I know of someone who had new wheels turned in stainless steel..
I tried that route for some 33" wheels for an EBT M-1, and with the tapered axle complication it cost me $250 for the set of 4. I needed 8 but decided to halt at that point.
They can't be that bad if you think some paint on the tread will fix them
I believe the Aristo wheels are renowned for losing their plating. I'm surprised Greg hasn't chimed in, as he has an extensive discussion with lots of detail at the bottom of this page:
Aristo GP40 Problems - Smoking Motors & Debilitated Wheels

The Aristo 29131 wheels mentioned by Paradise may not fit - Greg's page talks about 29130 and 29533 types as the axle tapers are different.

My choice would be to get the new replacement blocks from Bachmann. They are on eBay for $90, which is not much more than the $49 for the pair of wheels linked above.
Eggliner Motor Block [96275-1] - $145.23 : Bachmann Trains Online Store!
 

Paradise

Registered
28 Jan 2010
1,054
257
Country flag
Motor blocks $74.89 at Reindeer Pass. :nod:
 

electricity_bill

Registered
11 Feb 2010
668
2
Country flag
I tried that route for some 33" wheels for an EBT M-1, and with the tapered axle complication it cost me $250 for the set of 4. I needed 8 but decided to halt at that point.

I believe the Aristo wheels are renowned for losing their plating. I'm surprised Greg hasn't chimed in, as he has an extensive discussion with lots of detail at the bottom of this page:
Aristo GP40 Problems - Smoking Motors & Debilitated Wheels

The Aristo 29131 wheels mentioned by Paradise may not fit - Greg's page talks about 29130 and 29533 types as the axle tapers are different.

My choice would be to get the new replacement blocks from Bachmann. They are on eBay for $90, which is not much more than the $49 for the pair of wheels linked above.
Eggliner Motor Block [96275-1] - $145.23 : Bachmann Trains Online Store!
 
Last edited:

electricity_bill

Registered
11 Feb 2010
668
2
Country flag
This is typically what they look like. After cleaning the wheels with ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL and the Kadee cleaning brush, the locos run for about 10/15 mins before faltering and eventually stopping
IMG_8372.JPG