Oh man, doesnt that just burn you up when you send something in to get repaired and they send it back saying, "its fine dude, you must not know what you are talking about". Why would they think people would waste their precious time sending away one of their possessions if nothing is wrong with it? I could maybe see if the person was wanting a new replacement and they are wanting to cover themselves against scammers, but if you are just wanting something repaired, come on!This kind of thread could apply to just about any hobby involving machinery or electronics. Model trains now go into both categories. I am a handgun collector, and have had some real dogs come new out of the box. Totally non functional, or one shot jammers. Send it to the manufacturer, and it comes back scratched up and not fixed, or, even worse. I had a huge string of new lemons about 30 years ago. New gun after new gun, from "junk" makers to names like Colt and S&W, just junk. Some went off and came back 100% fixed, others were just ignored and sent back in the same condition they went in at, or worse. I had one gun with a totally messed up bore, and Taurus got it back twice with a note saying, "The barrel is DEFECTIVE!", and twice it was sent back saying no problem found. Having to pound hunks of lead out after a couple of shots IS a problem! Off it went to some guy who knew it had issues, and I didn't lose a lot of money on it. Just a lot of aggravation.
Same thing happens in ham radio, and RC planes and cars. Expensive hobbies with a certain amount of frustration built in.
Back to trains now, everything I have now is used or old stock and so far, on a friend's layout, has been ok, a couple of cars had the gauge set too wide or narrow, but all the locos, from old Athearn BB specials to P2K FA's have run fine, no problems. The worst problems have been missing detail parts and on a NOS E unit, amissing truck frame that I found on Ebay in five minutes of looking. No steamers yet, and to be honest, I'm kind of scared of them, as friends have had difficulties with a lot of them.
Free wheeling likely because of this truck-axle arrangement....metal to metal...photosNo Eric, no ball bearing wheelsets, just very free rolling. I had to look twice! I have some old Soho and Coach Yard brass Daylight cars that I had fitted with ball bearing wheelsets, and the MTH stuff rolls as well as they do.
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