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    Default Walthers 48' Articulated Well Cars

    Does anyone have these cars from Walthers? What do you think of them and how well do they stay "connected"?

    I had a set of the Kato Gunderson 5 car Articulated but they would not stay connected so am a bit wary of anything articulated.

    Can any one recommend "stand alone" 48' to 53' well cars? Seems as though the only ones I can find are 70' (or longer) and at a scale 5.25", they are a bit long for my layout design.
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    What’s your tightest radius?

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    I figured this would come up ... my tightest radius is going to be 16" with 99% being 17" or more. Yes I know that a 70' car will go around my radii with ease, that isn't in question. It is more about appearance of "'such long" cars on the layout so I prefer to stay with shorter rolling stock.

    This is just a personal thing but when the layout is complete, perhaps 70' long cars wont look bad on it.
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    Tony,
    Back when Walthers first released these cars in the 90's, they ran very well. These cars were cast metal and looked as if they had been dipped in paint which left a very thick coat over the entire car.
    But as you wondered, some did not stay connected very well at the articulated joints because the paint was so thick that the top joint barley sat down over the pins.

    What we wound up doing was taking a small fine file and remove the paint at those joints, then smoothed them up, a very simple task.
    Once the paint was removed, the top joint sat down far enough that they stayed connected very well. They are still running with no issues today.

    Now I can't vouch for the most recent runs, but I would hope the paint isn't as thick? But if it is, using a file should work on these as well.
    I would also suggest replacing the trucks and wheel sets with a better brand.
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    Tony,

    I’ve been using these on my layout- my sharpest radius is 13”:

    Roundhouse Products-Husky stack - 48’ max size container-converted to MT trucks with couplers-A little light but track well.
    Deluxe Innovation’s Twinstack 5-car sets- 48’ max size container- No issues
    Deluxe Innovation’s Gunderson Maxi-Stack III-48’ max size container- No issues
    Deluxe Innovation’s Maxi-Stack IV- 53’ max size container- I had to swap out a set of wheels to make them run better on one of my sets- it needed the spacers but couldn’t get them. (Thanks to MetroRedLn).

    Coming soon:
    Atlas- 53’ well car-.....stay tuned as these are coming- https://shop.atlasrr.com/c-1490-n179.aspx


    Photo of the Roundhouse car-

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    PS: I have 16 of the Roundhouse cars (all TTX with different numbers)with MT truck/couplers already installed, two of the Twinstacks (BNSF) and one of the Maxi-Stack III (TTX) that I’m not going to use if your interested. All are new never run.

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    Thanks gents for your input and thank you Tom for providing some alternatives.
    Cheers Tony

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    I have one of these. One of the joints would come off loose especially in inclines. I also used a large flat file on the underside of the joint that fits above the vertical connection rod. Cars stay connected just fine now. Just make especially sue that your filing is perfectly flat, or else you'll end up with a unit that tilts one way.

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    Sounds like these have issues like the Kato's. If I am to buy any articulated Intermodal Sets with issues, I think I'd rather pay the extra and go with Kato. I did do a search for the Kato Gunderson unhooking issue and apparently there is a set way to connect them - one way and only one way. might try that with whats left of the Kato's I have and see what happens.
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