Wheels Fallen Off

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by dpw1967, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. dpw1967

    dpw1967 New Member

    Hi There

    I am a newbie and received my first set for Christmas - I am hooked! Unfortunately my Walthers Trainline HO Tank Car was not hooked as well is it should have been and after I let my wife drive my engine we had our first derailment - and casualty.

    Does anyone know how I can re affix the wheel section to the base of the of the under carriage? There is a plastic rivet and I am racking my brains how the wheel mouting hooks back onto the under carriage?

    By the way - the board looks great and everyone seems very friendly and knowledgeable.

  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    If the trucks (what you call the undercarriage onto which the wheels are held) that came with the car are flimsy and held on by just a plastic pin, you might want to consider upgrading them to better trucks, and modify your car so that the truck is held on more securely by a screw.

    One of our fellow posters Gary made a very nice tutorial on how to do that: http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=24352

    Hope this helps!
  3. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    That tutorial is great, but as a nooby you are probably not interested in going into it that deep. A fix I use when that pin won't stay in, is to plug the hole, wood dowel, plastic sprue, or whatever, Make sure it is even with the top, drill an appropiate size hole in the center, then use a screw. Make sure it's not too tight as to bind the wheelset.

  4. dpw1967

    dpw1967 New Member

    Thanks for the replies - - the pin is still in - the question is how do I re attached the wheels to the pin?

  5. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Can you take a picture and post it so we can see exactly what the problem is? If it is simply that the wheels have come out of the truck, just spread the truck a bit and it should pop back in.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Dpw: do you have any way to photograph the problem? I think we're not sure just what's come apart.
    Gary: snap.
  7. dpw1967

    dpw1967 New Member

    Thanks to all - I have learnt my lesson - cheap means cheap!! I have replaced with superior product!!

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