wheel plating

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TCH, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. TCH

    TCH Member

    I have on old kato RS11 which am starting to have problems with.

    it appears that the plating on the wheels has almost worn off and
    operation is fairly erratic - a lot of light flickering and constant stopping
    on areas of track that other locos have no problems with.

    the wiring has checked out OK so am assuming the wheels are the trouble

    have tried KATO and ATLAS websites but they don`t seem to have
    replacement wheelsets.

    has anyone had their wheels replated?
    any other ideas?

  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Have you checked Northwest Shortline NWSL Home
    they handle wheelsets you might be able to use.
    And just to be on the safe side, did you clean the wheels just to be sure?

  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    JB wheel sets are solid nickle silver, but I don't know if the company is still in business.
  4. TCH

    TCH Member

    thanks loren and russ for your replies.

    I will look into the wheel issue.

    I also might try to make some extra pickups to slide on the rails.

    will keep you posted .

  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I just checked Walther's web site for Jay Bee wheel sets and found this page.

    www.walthers.com -- search page

    It would appear the company is still in business. About 5 years ago I was told by local hobby shop personel that the company was out of business, but I think the guy was mistaken. The Northwest Shortline wheel sets are nickel-silver plated over brass, the Jay Bee's are solid nickel silver, so the Jay Bee wheels sets are much better products.

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