Roo. The truth is acquiring the space for a layout, is the first great challenge. It took four years to build my last room, I had to build it myself, that's all I could afford, satisfying when Don though. It's back to the drawing board now, this will be my third building, they each get better. The things we do for model trains!!!
Jordon. Atlas gears, my fix is to use K&S tubing, around the same diameter as the shoulder of the gear, I forget the size of hand. Then carfully fill the shoulder til you get an interference fit with the inside diameter of the tubing, usually you need a slight tapper on the shoulder, and press it on, it has to be tight, one on each side. The Atlas F9 in my video has all its gears done this way. I trust this gives you an alteritive to fixing your gears, I've fixed a few Atlas loco,s this way including your shunter. cTr....( Choose the Right )