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    How do you add weight to grain cars? Out of the box seem to want to derail while backing over a switch.

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    What brand/model are they? Is the switch properly laid?
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    The problem could be the turnout. Do you an NMRA standards gauge? Check the point gauge, flangeways of the guardrails, and also the point blades for bluntness. Feathering the upper tips of the points will help, and it is prototypical.

    Next check the gauge of the wheelsets.

    Finally, you can tuck bits of tungsten putty into the underside crevices of covered hoppers, where the weight won't be seen and the center of gravity is lower.

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    Most hoppers require the roof to come off. On older cars, a simple tug will pop it off. Some cars (like Precision Masters) have an empty well that will hold the weight. Slot car weights or fishing sinkers work well. CA them in place and you are good to go.
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    I drilled a hole in the discharge plate on the underside of mine and poured in some sand. Cut a thin piece of flat plastic to glue over the hole and paint to match. With the car up side down tip it back and forth to distribute the sand evenly then rotate the car on it's side while keeping it level and continue around to right side up. After this, try not to pick it up off the rails. Covered hoppers and tank cars are the hardest to add weight to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    I drilled a hole in the discharge plate on the underside of mine and poured in some sand. Cut a thin piece of flat plastic to glue over the hole and paint to match. With the car up side down tip it back and forth to distribute the sand evenly then rotate the car on it's side while keeping it level and continue around to right side up. After this, try not to pick it up off the rails. Covered hoppers and tank cars are the hardest to add weight to.
    Thank you i will have to try that. It seems that the Atlas are way to light. other cars do not have problems backing over the switches. All switchs are Peco insulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    I drilled a hole in the discharge plate on the underside of mine and poured in some sand. Cut a thin piece of flat plastic to glue over the hole and paint to match. With the car up side down tip it back and forth to distribute the sand evenly then rotate the car on it's side while keeping it level and continue around to right side up. After this, try not to pick it up off the rails. Covered hoppers and tank cars are the hardest to add weight to.
    I've never tried the following but further to what Michael said, I read that you can mix the sand or Liquid Gravity with diluted white glue and pour that into the hole and then cover the hole with masking tape and turn the car back onto its trucks. The diluted glue should run to the lower parts of the car. Once the glue is dry you can remove the masking tape and paint over the hole.
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