I am very interested in what you, my Forum friends, think about whether modern loccomotives and Postwar operating cars are a good combination.
The modern locomotives I have in mind are those like MTH Proto 2 and 3, Lionel LC+, LC 2.0 and Legacy and other modern locomotives that have speed control and run slow and smooth.
The Postwar operating cars I'm thinking of include the Lionel operating coal dump car, operating milk car, operating log dump car and other operating cars that have a sliding shoe on the bottom of each truck to trigger the operating feature.
I just spent 2 tedious hours repairing 3 Postwar operating coal dump cars that either had loose wires that needed to be soldered back on the top of the sliding shoe, or had frayed or defective wires that needed to be replaced. Replacing the wires required me to disassemble and reassemble the car. This disassembling and reassembling was particularly tedious and tested my patience to its limits. My goal is to never need to do that again.
It occurred to me that one way to accomplish my goal may be to only run these Lionel Postwar operating cars with a slow and smooth modern engine with speed control.
What do you think? Is that a good strategy?