Quote Originally Posted by Rodsup9000 View Post
I had 6 of the Lifelike's and never could get them to run well even after I wired the the trucks to the frame. I became very frustrated with them after I went to all the work of stripping the paint, then painting and decaling them. I ended up putting the shells on Kato NW2 chassis, and they run very well now. The problem with the Lifelike ones, is the plating on the wheels is garbage.
I haven't ran this loco in quite some time until today. The more I let it run the better it seems to be doing. I will look at the wheels and clean/polish as needed. The main thing is that it fits my theme being an US Army locomotive plus it will only be used for small switching operations.