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    Default Model Power 2-6-0 N Drive wheels spinning

    Spins under light load. Fixes?

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    Are the traction tires in place? They are on the back two drive wheels. If the traction tires are missing or worn out, then the loco can definitely slip/spin since it is pretty light.
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    Older Model Power units did not have traction tires. What are you calling a "light load"? The older units were usually maxxed out at 4 or 5 cars, and your 2-6-0 is on the lighter end of the spectrum, so 3 or 4 could easily be max. The only fixes would be Bullfrog Snot on one set of drivers, and/or finding some place to add more weight inside the loco. One other thing to check, is if the drawbar for the tender is bent, it can actually lift the loco up and cause it to spin.

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    I forgot that the older Model Power steam locomotives did not have traction tires. I was looking at my newer MRC/Model Power 2-6-0 Mogul when I replied earlier. Both the only place to add weight to the loco would possibly be in the cab itself. I don't know if adding any more weight to the tender would hurt or help matters.

    I can say that even my newer MRC/Model Power 2-6-0 isn't all that great of a puller even with traction tires. It won't pull any more than 10-12 cars at the standard weights without the drive wheels slipping.
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    All Model Power 2-6-0's have traction tires. They were the only MP steamers that came with them right from the get-go.

    -Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    All Model Power 2-6-0's have traction tires. They were the only MP steamers that came with them right from the get-go.

    -Mark
    If that was the case then the OP should look at his to make sure they are there and/or not worn out.

    But even with good traction tires the MRC/MP 2-6-0 isn't a very strong puller to begin with (or at least mine isn't).
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    I've found them to be decent pullers, although the newer/revised MRC version is the best in the department. Owing to the low-friction pickup in the tender, mine can pull around 25 assorted freight cars on level track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    I've found them to be decent pullers, although the newer/revised MRC version is the best in the department. Owing to the low-friction pickup in the tender, mine can pull around 25 assorted freight cars on level track.

    -Mark
    Then I have a dud of a locomotive. Mine won't pull more that 10 to 12 cars before it starts spinning. I might be able to pull 15 cars if they are light weight with mine. And Yes mines a later MRC version.



    On a side note concerning these locomotives. If you have the DCC with sound versions here is how I improved the sound quality and volume. I removed the tender cover and drilled a bunch of holes in the coal area (above speaker) with a #54 drill bit (0.055" diameter). I drilled 8 holes into the tender giving plenty of space for the sound to exit and for the speaker to breath properly. It still isn't as loud as my Bachmann locos with the Economi Sound decoder or my BLI locos but the MRC sound decoder is better since drilling the holes.
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    All good points

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    Sometimes you just hit a "bad" unit............ I have an Athearn SP&S challenger, and after much tinkering, it still struggles to pull 20 cars on level track. I have a BLI NW2 that will outpull it. Out of the box it would pull 5 passenger cars..........so I got SOME improvement, but it will not pull and I've run out of things to try. It runs smooth and quiet and sounds terrific, but it sits in it's box on a shelf cuz it won't pull.

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