Pros & Cons of Flex Track?

Discussion in 'DC' started by trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017), Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Jim - is there any room to add a little weight to the front truck?
    Also - I don't know the mechanics of how the front truck swivels but maybe a short piece of a spring from a ball point pencil could be added to the screw to hold the truck to the track?
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Bingo! I used a stronger pilot truck spring from my scrapbox and not a single derailment after dozens of laps. The spring was obviously weaker and made from much smaller diameter wire. The older spring from a past Bachmann 4-4-0 project is much beefier. It seems to have done the trick. Thanks and sorry for thread jacking.
  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Man, what a great suggestion and remedy for a issue that I would have never considered. I mean there is always something to learn here, every day.
    Tom Holley
  4. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    Another way is to discard the spring altogether and add a small lead weight to the pilot truck.
  5. trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017)

    trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017) Passed away September 22, 2017

    Is it possible to buy plastic roadbed (just the roadbed) for code 100 flex track, snap track, and turnouts?

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