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2-6-4T Locomotive Wheel Size

Bert writes:

“I am planning to purchase a 2-6-4T locomotive. The flanges look out of proportion and could cause future problems on track and turnouts. I see two (2) options: 1. don’t purchase, or 2. change wheelsets. A third option is to purchase and ‘go with the flow’. Any and all comments are welcome.”

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2 Responses to 2-6-4T Locomotive Wheel Size

  • geoff says:

    It would help to know from what manufacturer and what age the locomotive is. If it is an older locomotive, and is designed to run on code 100 track, then it won’t work with the newer code 80 / 75 track.

    If for some reason you really really really want this particular locomotive, then you should be prepared to change wheelsets, assuming that is even possible. If it was me, I’d want to know ahead of time what I was facing. Can you get more information from the seller so you know what you are getting into?

  • Robert M says:

    I have altered some old triang loco flanges by filing them down or using an angle grinder with the locomotive motor turning the drivers. If filing, do one side at a time or you will create a short circuit.
    Robert M

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