spacing between wheels and rail

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by skiddgreen, May 3, 2003.

  1. skiddgreen

    skiddgreen New Member

    Can anyone tell me how much spacing should be allowed between wheels and rails around a track? I seem have some space between mine when I move my trucks from side to side on the rail.
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi skiddgreen, do you mean the drive wheels on a deisal? steam?
    or rolling stock?:D
    Are things derailing??
    Let us know as engine wheels can be adjusted;)
  3. skiddgreen

    skiddgreen New Member

    The wheels I'm referring to are those on a diesel loco and rolling stock cars. Any helpful hints?
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi skiddgreen, the rolling stock have set wheels.
    But when I have to regauge a diesel I simply turn it upside down in my hand and use a jewelers driver carefully prise one wheel on each bogie a little to widen the gauge or visa versa if to wide.:)
    See if that solves the diesel prob, They do need a little play so dont make it a tight fit on the track.
  5. Railery

    Railery Member

    Get yourself a NMRA Standard gauge from your LHS. Then u will be able to standardize all your wheel sets and track. ;)
  6. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Whoa up one here! There is some built in side to side play in the trucks of the cars and locomotive even when in proper guage.This side play helps the trucks track better by allowing for changes in track such as switches,curves and unseen track imperfections.
  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Right on Larry, but I have bought the odd loco that was out of whak.;)
  8. skiddgreen

    skiddgreen New Member

    thanks for the tips, that helps alot. I'll keep that in mind about the gauge tool and utilize it.
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think most rolling stock and locomotives are manufactured in gauge other than the cheap toys, but Athearn locomotive wheel sets will tend to be out of gauge. If you have an NMRA standards gauge, you can easily adjust Athearn wheel sets by using your thumbs on wheels on either side and working them back and forth until the wheels are in gauge.
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    You have to be careful re-gauging wheels. I redid a 6 wheel (British) truck and then had trouble getting it through my Peco double slip switches. If you make the wheels too wide, they can go down switch frogs the wrong way.
  11. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    I'm with Brakie on this one. They do have some "play" in them. You try a 6 wheel bogie or 6 wheel fixed loco round a sharp curve. you need that "slack" otherwise it will pop off the track.
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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