Everything on model trains, model railroads, model railways, locomotives, model train layouts, scenery, wiring, DCC and more. Enjoy the world's best hobby... model railroading!

Brand New! Just Released! 15 Background City Buildings To Download and Build

Crossovers

Bud models HO and posted this:

“My train components crossing a crossover are diverted to the second track after the engine and some cars have crossed OK. Even though the crossover looks OK to the eye I still have an obvious problem. Any thoughts?”

One Response to Crossovers

  • Dale says:

    Three things to look at right off the top of my head. First, if it always the same cars going wrong, check that the wheels are actually in gauge and that the trucks rotate freely. Second, while you’re looking at the wheels, look at the flanges to see if they are too big or too sharp (old style pizza cutter flanges) and replace the wheel sets if necessary. Third, check the NMRA standards pages and make sure the problem cars are the right weight. And fourth, look carefully at the points to see if they are being held securely against the stock rail.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Add a photo or image related to your comment (JPEG only)

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION

Use Tiny Railroad Micro Controllers

Download Your Free Catalog

N Scale Track Plans

Watch Video

Model Train Help Ebook

Model Train DCC HELP

NEW TO MODEL TRAINS?

FREE Tour Inside Club

Take a FREE tour inside the club.

Scenery Techniques Explained

Scenery & Layout Ideas

Model Railroading Blog Archive

Reader Poll

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.