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Offline Elsleuth1  
#1 Posted : 05 December 2018 15:58:48(UTC)
Elsleuth1

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HI, I have 12 older freight cars that I like to run with my old locomotives. The problem is that they only weight about 2 ounces. I'm thinking of doubling their weight by adding weights. I think it will make them less "fragile" on the track. They will run better, back up better and be more stable. Has anyone tried adding weights to older Marklin freight cars? How did it go?

https://gatheringgardiners.blogspot.com/2018/12/old-marklin-freight-cars.html

Edited by moderator 07 December 2018 00:19:48(UTC)  | Reason: HTML must be a link and not an image.

Offline RayF  
#2 Posted : 06 December 2018 23:16:39(UTC)
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I think there's a mistake on your link to a photo?

Edit:- Thanks that's fine now.

The types of wagon you have should be heavy enough without added weights. Make sure the chassis are square. If you rest one on a piece of glass all four wheels should be in contact with the glass. If not you can try twisting the wagon to straighten it.

Edited by user 07 December 2018 09:48:34(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Ray
Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
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Offline MrB32  
#3 Posted : 07 December 2018 01:17:18(UTC)
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Before adding weight, I would check the couplings and the track. A few adjustments will solve most issues. Newer freight cars from the 1980s in plastic don't weigh much more than 2 ounces either and run fine, so the weight might not be the right thing to look at in first instance.

Have a look at https://www.marklin-user...e-coaches-and-wagons-101 The spare part numbers will not apply but the basics are covered.
Offline jvuye  
#4 Posted : 07 December 2018 10:59:01(UTC)
jvuye

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Originally Posted by: Elsleuth1 Go to Quoted Post
HI, I have 12 older freight cars that I like to run with my old locomotives. The problem is that they only weight about 2 ounces. I'm thinking of doubling their weight by adding weights. I think it will make them less "fragile" on the track. They will run better, back up better and be more stable. Has anyone tried adding weights to older Marklin freight cars? How did it go?

https://gatheringgardiners.blogspot.com/2018/12/old-marklin-freight-cars.html


The most common problem with these "old glories" (besides bend couplers,etc.) is rolling resistance.
But it's easy to solve: just a (very tiny!) drop of oil in the bearings.
If it doesn't run freely after that, check that the bearings have not been bent inwards, adding some friction on the axles.
I love these, they are reminders of my youth and my first Märklin trains.
Enjoy having them!

Cheers

Jacques

Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
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Offline Michael4  
#5 Posted : 07 December 2018 12:48:08(UTC)
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...and...look for a build up of old dirt on the wheels. Run the car along a piece of clean track with your finger on top. Does it run smoothly?

I tried adding weight once, made no noticeable difference. Spending time on 'M' track made all the difference.
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