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Reply to "Lionel 027 Scout: Why does the flat spring on rear coupler force rear truck upwards, instead of downwards onto the track?"

Heck No.  I just bought it because I needed a cheap 027 engine to run as I built and tested my layout. 

This Scout runs fine, very fast,  in forward and reverse.  

It is just that often, traveling over manual switches, that wheels on that rear truck seem to bounce up and off the rails.

I thought about just cutting the axle and taking those wheels off, and going without a rear truck.  But now,  folks are telling me that those two rear wheels need to be there for grounding.  Sheesh.

I kind of like the idea of changing the location of the flat spring, so it is under the draw bar and on top of the horizontal support.  But, all of this stuff is held together with a single rivet, and I hate to take the shell off to drill that rivet out, flip the spring, and put a new rivet in.  (The engine has two very tiny screws on the sides of the boiler, that look like they might be trouble.

Ideas?

Mannyrock

 

 

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