Looking for information on center rail pickup rollers for both Railking and Scale 0-6-0's

Do any of the Railking engines have pickups on the engine itself.  Pictures look like what shows a place to mount, but I find no information that shows them, I checked MTH's parts list and the only one that has a drawing that is available is for an older PS2 engine and doesn't show them.  Do the newer PS# versions have them?  Part numbers?

Same question regarding the Premier version, the PS2 version definitely has what looks like a place to mount pickups but I find no information on any of the Premier engines PS2 or PS3.

I have the large MTH maintenance kit with parts.  I can fab something if I have to but would rather have something to "drop in".

Thanks

Gray Lackey

 

 

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I have added rollers to a variety of locomotives and tenders.  Here's one that just had rollers on the tender, and had issues with switches, so I dropped in a roller on the locomotive, huge difference.  I used all MTH stock parts to add this roller.

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I've also added rollers to tenders without the factory provisions, I use either fiberglass or Styrene board stock to make the insulated mount.

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Thanks GRJ, that's the same problem, thus the request for info.  MTH should have know better.  I had to do the same thing to a 2-8-2 running over long switches.

Do you know if the same parts would work on a Railking switcher?  I would easily pay an extra $20 for what can be no more than $2 worth of parts.

I am of the opinion that train manufacturers consider the pickups on their locomotives to be good enough if they operate on their brand of track systems. This leads to the issues we consumers have with stalling on switches and activating track sections. Industry standards could fix this problem.

Bobby Ogage

"I hear that train a coming,

it's Long Island No. 39 rolling

around the bend"

 

NHVRYGray posted:

Do you know if the same parts would work on a Railking switcher?  I would easily pay an extra $20 for what can be no more than $2 worth of parts.

I'd have to see the mounting provisions on the RK switcher to know what would work.  The parts are actually a bit more than $2, but they're not really expensive.  I think the MSRP of all the parts I used came to around $10 if I recall.

MTH does not use rollers on early PS-2 switcher engines to gain access for an extra wire to run front coupler.  The limitation was the 10 pin harness.   G

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The extra roller turned that locomotive into a PITA on almost any switch to a very reliable runner.  Since it was a switcher, I was unwilling to give up the extra control and just added the single wire tether.

I was explaining why MTH did it, not how you may want to modify it.  There were some large steam that also had similar issues.

Same with 2R-3R issues.  For those that want 3R only, I go in and modify wiring so that an engine ground comes across the tracks too.

PS-3 allows much more flexibility with boiler and tender board.  G

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That's true George, I've put extra tethers on large steam as well.  Of course, when they have the board in the tender, typically I have power and ground across the tether, so the job is easier.  I do recommend the PTC in series with the tether in any case when you do this mod.

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