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    Default Needle point pickup trucks?

    Does anyone make needle point pickup freight car trucks sold separately? Iím thinking maybe someone has them for a tender and also sells as parts. Any design that would be appropriate for a fright car would be ok. Not interested in Passenger designs.
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    Bachman sold spare trucks with needle bearings for a number of their steam loco tenders (4-6-0, 2-8-0, etc). Most are now out of stock... this is the only two-axle truck I found that wasn't, for the PRR K4.. Limit of 2 per order.

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    if you can live with Kato's caboose trucks...

    after that option I don't think you have any options past tender trucks from b-mann.

    it is possible to get a good pick-up from most any plastic truck
    and that will require building the pick-ups.

    if you are wanting a dozen, I can see hunting pre-made...

    what cha electrifin'?

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    That’s disappointing. How can such a gap in the market go infilled.

    I have three projects that would require hiding electronics in a box car.
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    unfilled you ask?

    well, If Atlas answer long ago is any indicator
    the n-sale parts business is not worth the effort...

    from all I can tell there are not many who buy n-scale rail trucks to dress up the cars they have.
    the MT trucks I buy are to get the couplers under random cars with a minimum of fuss.
    as far as I can tell MT sells they because they are a 'parts' business for the couplers
    the trucks are already done.

    electrical pick-ups are not all that common. I'd think Caboose trucks would be a market
    and so far only Kato has ever made a lighted caboose...

    this way can be used to get pick-up from most any truck.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...wheel-version)

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    Hi Bicknell,

    Several wipe-type contacts available from a few vendors (both wheel wipes and axle wipes).
    For axle point Kato caboose and Bachmann tender trucks, are the only game in town.
    You could always make your own with some N/S, brass, or copper strip, with some calipers and a center punch and needle files, or preferable, a burr bit in a dremel.
    You might try to take the axle point pick-up from one of those trucks and see if you could fit it inside a box car truck (major surgery).
    The truck face would be very thin.
    Good luck

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    Didn't Kato also do a freight car truck, used on their autoracks and bethgon coal gons?

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    Am I the only one who thought this thread was about this?
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    I'll take two!

    I spend a lot of time darning my old pick-up.

    I crack me up!

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