Traction tires

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by choffman41, Jan 14, 2002.

  1. choffman41

    choffman41 Certified Grump

    I have heard of guys using the little rubber bands used for orthodontic braces as tires for Bachmann and other locos. Anyone know about this?
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    Chuck- Welcome to The Gauge. Some steam locomotives come from the factory equipped with traction tires, especially in N scale due to their weight (or lack of). Using orthodontic braces is news to me, maybe there's some old-timers around that can enlighten us!
    Bill K
  3. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    Yup !! Been using them for years. They cost very little, and half the time will give a handful. There are several different sizes, and I've used them on N and HO both. On HO, some are a little skinny so I opted for some thicker ones. Seemed a mite wide at first, but smoothed down good. A couple years, and they are still hanging on. Have had no problems whatsoever,

  4. choffman41

    choffman41 Certified Grump

    I'm goin' to the dentist next week and gonna get me some....Thanks

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