Early Williams Passenger Car Assistance

Hello,

I have an early Williams PRR Congressional passenger car set with swing out dummy couplers.  They keep on derailing going around O 72 turns on a basic loop of track.  Any suggestions to fix this is appreciated.  I am thinking replacement trucks with couplers may be needed.  I like the cars, but this is causing frustration!

Thanks,

Jim 

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I have run this rabbit before, the cost of replacing the trucks is darn near the cost of a set of cars from Lionel or MTH. I have a set of Williams passenger cars that I absolutely adore, but they are destined as static models under the passenger station.  besides, they don't roll very nice, and are like dragging bricks around the layout!

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JimmyG posted:

Hello,

I have an early Williams PRR Congressional passenger car set with swing out dummy couplers.  They keep on derailing going around O 72 turns on a basic loop of track.  Any suggestions to fix this is appreciated.  I am thinking replacement trucks with couplers may be needed.  I like the cars, but this is causing frustration!

Thanks,

Jim 

Obtain Lionel or MTH die cast Six wheeled trucks with the tapped bolster and the screw. Use those trucks instead and leave the bent over sheet metal plastic wheeled Williams trucks for a scene... like railyard junk or a Repair scene or something.

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In 1987 Williams started importing trucks and frames from Korea.  Those trucks have fast angle wheels and operating couplers.  They appear on ebay regularly.  They come in a five car set in a styrofoam insert.  The early boxes are usually red or yellow.  Swapping the trucks out would solve your problem.  The early Williams trucks are almost identical (except non operating) to the early Lionel passenger car trucks which did not pull that well either.

I have a five car set that I don't run either.    The problem with mine is that the roller pickup hangs on switches or pops loose and causes a short.  I think replacement pickups will solve the problem, just haven't gotten around to it.

 

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