Weighted Box Cars
- Many boxcars tend to derail when they are too light. Add a little weight above each bogey by gluing a 10c coin (South African) to the inside of the chassis. This makes for better and smoother running.
- Many newcomers underestimate the importance of clean wagon wheels, because these wheels are not used as electrical pickups.
- Even wagon wheels should be clean. This will definitely provide for better operation. Obviously this is not done as often as with loco wheels, but as soon as you see some kind of build-up on the wheel, remove the grime with a track rubber or a cleaning agent such as Goo-Gone.
How to make a simple track cleaning car
- The link below shows how to make a simple track cleaning car.