The hair band trick sounds like a great option; I'll have to try it.
I'm in the same boat as you, looking for traction tires for my Williams locos. Everything I've tried is too wide or too thick; I also contacted 3rd Rail but never got a response after giving the wheel dimensions.
The only option I've come up with is Bullfrog Snot. It isn't optimal, but if you take your time, apply it carefully and allow plenty of time for it to cure, I've found it to work very well. And, it's better than no tires at all.
Time for a cottage industry to spring up to make skinny tires. I have a couple sitting here in the same boat, no tires to fit. I'm thinking of trying to do some fixture to trim MTH tires down to the width I need for Williams.
Time for a cottage industry to spring up to make skinny tires.
This same subject...traction tires...came up in July of this year. I made a suggestion at that time that our traction tires in another realm are basically drive belts for players...turntables, cassette players, etc.. And a company such as...
...makes flat drive belts...some of which might even fit loco drivers. Although they're typically more pricey than traction tires, they may be of a higher quality, longer lasting material. I was originally directed to them in searching for a drive belt for an old Lionel accessory...the Nuclear Reactor. They had a direct, exact replacement!! I doubt they'd directly cater to our needs, but they might be persuaded to help us....
Hey, maybe Hennings should consider adding traction tires to their menu of 'salvation sourcing'? Setting up that cottage industry for our trains would require someone with that special kind of tact, knowledge, ....and a dash of capitalistic altruism!
Lots of unanswered questions about translating applications, but it could be a start towards getting some help for sizes no longer available from non-existent train manufacturers......maybe?
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