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Reply to "Terrible traction on my 6-18018"

All of the track questions are important ones. My first thought was round rail heads and flat wheels, bent down track between wide spaced tinplate ties, and tight curve diameters.  You might try a .001 or .002 feeler gauge or sheet of paper under each wheel to explore the track contact on each wheel set.

Also, drawbar offset shapes and angle of the L bend can effect balance and cause lift up at the rear under heavy loads (or pulls down, squating the rear and loading more on the rear drivers, which is better but not ideal traction either)

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