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    I'm making a small n-scale switching layout using code 40 rail and a Fast Tracks jig. Since all the track work is soldered and there are no spikes the track can tolerate wheel sets with some oversize flanges - e.g., I have some Kadee micro train cars from the mid-70's time frame with the plastic pizza cutter flanges that seem to work ok with this setup. However I'm thinking of converting to RP25 metal wheel sets at some point in the future. Just wondering what you all use on your rolling stock. Do mix and match whatever the cars come with or convert to a standard? Do you have a preferred brand if you covert to a standard? Thanks for any thoughts.

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    I mainly use FVM narrow flange, but I also have Tangent and BLMA (those two are identical). They have a realistic rear profile cut that looks great on any car where you can see it (like tank cars).
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    My standard is low profile metal wheels. If cars come with them, I keep them, if not, I put in what I can get. Sometimes that's been FVM (though they are hard to get...) sometimes that's been Atlas (although I won't buy any new ones if I can avoid it - their optics is far behind the others https://www.nscalesupply.com/atl/atl-22020and22036.html). I'm hoping for anyone to bring a line of nice low-profile metal wheelsets to the market that are just available all the time in all kinds of axle lengths - basically the FVM product line http://foxvalleymodels.com/NWheels.html always available. Probably wishful thinking, though.

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    Thanks for the inputs. I see they come in different lengths on the FVM website. Do you know which length wheel sets would fit the older Kadee micro-trains cars from the mid-70's era? I suppose I could also just check the wheel length of the existing wheels but never hurts to ask either .

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    Fox Valley wide tread, but they are hard to come by lately.

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    I see they come in different lengths on the FVM website. Do you know which length wheel sets would fit the older Kadee micro-trains cars from the mid-70's era?
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    Honestly, Kaydee and Micro Trains, always in gauge, and due to the huge flanges that are on my Tomix chassis for my interurbans, I have to use Code 80.
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    Pretty much whatever they come with, as far as fairly recent rolling stock. I changed out the trucks on older Con-Cor, Atlas etc. cars to MTs and a LONG time ago I started to convert most cars to the then-new MT low profiles, but I gave that up as expensive, time consuming and, as my near vision continues to worsen, totally unnecessary! I’ve always used Peco and Unitrack, so it’s not required for smooth running.

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    Oh, concerning passenger equipment: most of mine is Kato and you just can’t beat their trucks and wheels! I’ve painted a lot of their smoothsides in NP and SP&S (I know the cars are mostly non-prototypical) and can pull a 16-car consist with a single F unit. When Rapido came out with their super-nice pax cars, I bought a bunch (as well as some of the Walthers ones) in GN and NP but sold all of them because they just weren’t reliable or free-rolling enough for me. (Besides, I don’t care for battery-powered lighting; looks great but it’s too much of a hassle to replace batteries.) I do have some MTL heavyweights with original trucks and wheels that I’ve left “as-is;” they’re okay but still don’t roll as well as my Katos.

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    I checked the FVM website and as stated above, just about everything is on back order. Has anyone contacted them to see when they might become available?

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    I like the FVM wheels too, but can be hard to find. I have used others. I use the wide ones, since that's what my turnouts are made to fit.

    I'm adding resistors to half of them to operate my signal system. I'm not crazy about the MT metal wheels because they use plastic axles.
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    I'm using MT plastic (Delrin) wheelsets because I am in total agreement with the saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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    Same here as @inkaneer.

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    I've got a big legacy fleet of pizza cutters, and they work great but... after they wear in they sure seem to pick up the wheel crud and require annual cleaning.

    I'm now using Peco C55 so it will take just about anything. I've got an assortment of metal wheel cars, too, and I'm generally amazed how well they work with smaller flanges. The width of the tread is as much of a deal on anything. But there's no rolling miracle of the metal wheels either in terms of crud accumulation.

    I experimented on the original 'low profile' plastic MT wheels and that did not go well at all, they would derail under enough tension on curves that the pizza cutters had no problems with. But that's not an issue with a small layout.

    The new MT medium-flange wheels look like a winner to me, I've had good luck with those, certainly in comparison to the low-profile.
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