I agree that you need to keep some sort of set weight for your rolling stock. each layout is diffrent. I can attest that you can pull 90 stock weight BB Athearn cars on a large club layout 100% fine. put those same cars on my small home layout and I cant pull more than 25 without some sort of issue. We have some club members who have reduced weight so that their smaller locos can pull a longer train. It really all depends on the layout the cars will be used on. I like to keep weights slightly under the NMRA standards as I use metal wheels and so small locos can pull more than 10 cars...... which is the reason you should strive to keep some standardized weighting of the cars. Modeling the 1900-1905 era I am shooting for about 75% of NMRA standard.
There are creative ways to add weight to any kit. The RTR cars are more of a problem.
When I was a kid, I remember laughing hysterically when my dad huffed and puffed and blew an AHM Pullman completely off the track. I was complaining that it was derailing - while mixed in with some old Walthers wood & metal cars when he made the observation "Well no wonder - this Pullman is so light I can blow it over", which he then did."when the A/C blows on them"
Man either them're some light cars or one heavy duty blower all right!
Don't forget your higher end units from Tangent. Apparently $43 for a covered hopper isn't enough to cover the cost of some weight.Some cars, Life-Like standard line in particular, are very light, sometimes weighing barely more than an ounce. Flat cars can also be a source of low weight irritation. On them I add weight to the load, same goes for gondolas and open hoppers.
Who makes your tank car? Most manufacturers have the tank car ends seperate from the body as it is easier to mold that way. If it's a Walthers, MDC, or Atlas, carefully pop the ends off the tank car and put weights in.We are just getting back into the hobby after 30 years.
Hopefully there is a simple answer to this question.
What is the best way to weight a tank car? I want to add about 1 oz.
We have 1/4 oz. lead weights that there is just no place to stick them on a tank car.
I was thinking of drilling a small hole in the car and filling it with about an ounce of some sort of gel or sand or something. We are just wondering if anyone out there has done this before.
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