What do ya'll think of these wheels?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by vanda32547, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    I am going to convert my wheels to metal ones on some of my rolling stock and wondered what ya'll thought of this brand Proto 2000 HO METAL WHEEL SETS Flat Back? Should I buy 33" or 36" wheels I am somewhat confused to the size difference. :confused: Your advise would be appreciated.

  2. JeffGerow

    JeffGerow Member

    What I think of those wheels

    I very much like the Proto2000 metal wheels -- you should be using 33" wheels on freight equipment -- and smoothback is the "more modern" wheel.
  3. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Any equipment from the 50's on will use the flat back, as for size 33" for 70 ton & less cars, 36" for 90 ton & above except the 125 ton cars which used 38" wheels. Simply put, any questions, ask. To determine the ton rating look at the CAPY on the car data & divide by 2000 i.e. 140000 lbs divided by 2000 = 70 tons.

    Addendum: I guess I should have said I use Proto wheelset where ever possible, freest rolling ones I know, but they don't fit in all trucks, there are different axle lengths between Proto, Kadee, IM & JayBee, I know the Protos didn't fit in the RedCaboose trucks on a car I built a few weeks ago, too long, I used Kadee. Just an example.
  4. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    Great information Brian thank you for that description. I love this forum because I learn so much. :)

  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I use the P2K 33" wheels on all of my cars regardless of the prototype car's wheel size..Now,I am a little on the easy(lazy?) side of modeling and found using the same size wheels there is less work in adjusting the coupler height due to different wheel sizes. :eek: :wave: :D
  6. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    metal wheels

    I use the P2K 33" metal wheels, too and am real happy. I got them at www.modeltrainstuff.com for $3.99 a pack of 12. Maybe the URL is m.b.klien

  7. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Yellowlynn...M.B.Klein is Modeltrainstuff.com and the cheapest you'll find Proto 2000 wheelsets anywhere, bar none!!! P2k wheels are good ones but they still don't hold a candle to IM wheelsets. I use P2k on almost all of my cars at the club and save my IM 's for my higher detailed rolling stock at home.

    Texas Chief
  8. hocaboose

    hocaboose New Member

    Use what ever you can get that fits-ribbed or flat. Anyone that looks, and comments in my house gets tossed out...

  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Van, I've found that it depends on the make of the car as to whether one type or another will fit as I run all makes and models, some upwards of 40+ years old. I replace all mine with metal wheels, be it Kadee, Intermountain, JayBee or NWSL. Takes a bit of experimenting sometimes. I always replace them with whatever diameter they came with...I will nit pick myself that far ;) . As far as ribbed or otherwise, I figger those that notice probably should switch to decaf or sumthin' :p

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