I batted a query into the cheap seats at Stalag Dandruff the other day and was met with a crashing wall of silence.
I may be in a minority of one in my love of Peco chassis under NZ120 4 wheelers, but was won over a long time ago because they are pretty quick and easy to use, bulletproof in their running and 'close enough' to the NZR look with a few bits surgically removed.
Unfortunately the big fat wheel flanges are deep enough to do your lawn edges with. While you can get away with that on Peco code 55 track, on the Atlas code 55 at 'the club', they just bump along on the plastic molded spike heads until they fall off and everyone laughs at you.
Yet, given the massive output from the Peco factory over the last few decades, surely someone must make fine-ish scale replacements???
If you saw that DI video posted the other day you might have noticed that I've answered my own question: Peco do.
Yes I don't know what made me look into my treasure trove of dozens of Peco chassis that I bought in bulk from the UK a few years back, but indeed the newer ones actually have little flanges from the factory. So inadvertently, most of the 4 wheelers that I've made over the past few years have nice wheels and run well.
|Coarse old flanges at right (discs on NC), less so at left (new spoked LA)|
While the bad news is that all of my older wagons need their wheels replaced with the new ones, this is actually good news for me. A problem with a solution is better than a problem without one as I see it. Especially if you already own the solution.
A side effect being that after modeling and running only bogie stock for the past few years, the 4 wheelers look really neat.
Somehow I managed to run that train behind the DI for 10 minutes and nothing derailed even once on those multiple laps. The real surprise was the steamroller-esque wheels on that old 30 foot F van which somehow managed to drag themselves over the dozens of Atlas code 55 points on the layout!
|Holy Rollers, Batman! And look at that back to back measurement...|
|Looks better from this angle|