@Eccentric Crank posted:
The sideframes on those MTH diesels stick way too far out. Mike Pitogo had a fix for that some time ago.
The trick was simple, but required a great deal of precision because of the brake shoes on the side frames. Simply drill new mounting holes on the side frame lugs, then file/cut the tabs down. It pulls the frames in and if done correctly, the brake shoes won't touch the wheels and short out. My thought, which would require more work, would be to grind the shoes slightly and place thin styrene or Mylar onto the shoes (like real shoes) to further insulated the shoes. I'm lazy, though, and decided to live with them as is since it isn't really that visible when the locomotive is moving.