Traction tires for existing engines

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by JasonFM, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. JasonFM

    JasonFM New Member

    I just bought a switcher, a 6 wheeled pennsy engine, and a santa fe engine, now i was curious do they make the bands for the wheels so i can add traction to them, my new sante fe engine does not pull a lot and it has slippage issues?
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Most makers are moving away from traction tires. A few provide both. Most modelers remove them, swapping them out by replacing the driver with another. Tires cause two problems; 1. They don't allow the locomotive to slip under load, making the motor overheat and ultimately burn out. 2. While they do help the engine pull more, they are usually out of round, causing an unsightly wobble or they make the engine jump and bounce under load. The best way to increase tractive effort is to add weight, being careful not to overload the motor or reduce the loco's ability to slip its drivers.

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