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Do you guys mind a suggestion for a permanent solution to this?.....and this is only a suggestion, those pesky bearings are a PITA in the 3 rail O from both Lionel & MTH, ....I got sick and tired of tracking them down myself, .....never seemed to get the correct one,.....so if you notice, if you put the bearing pieces back in the pilot truck, they will not go up and through, but they’ll surely fall out the bottom, ....so what I’ve done on some pesky offenders is to fashion a retainer cap from .010 sheet brass, and a couple of 2mmX4mm JIS head Phillips screws,......fashion a nice bearing cap, and use a .059 drill bit to make your holes, ....mark your drill bit with tape to set the depth, ( you don’t need much) if you use the .059 drill bit, they’re will be no need to tap the hole, the material is soft enough the JIS screw will gladly cut the threads itself!....those JIS screws are some tough ombré s...I didn’t bother painting this set up since it just circles the Christmas tree for hours on end, ......I know a lot us don’t like modifying stuff like this, but I’m just tossing this out there, it is a proven repair,....and very simple to execute ,....and no more bearings falling out!...that front AF pilot truck looks like it’s got two nice places of meat to take a small hole like that for those screws,...

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