PW American Flyer Question...

On my steam locos, the pick-up wheels are brass; other than needing what seems like a lot of cleaning () they work just fine. In fact (and I think I've mentioned this before), it's remarkable how well these engines run with such a small electrical "foot print".

I was lucky enough to have recently picked up a very nice #630 caboose with the light inside. This particular example has link couplers with brass weights, and some sort of metal (not brass) pick up wheels.

Is this typical, and has anyone any thoughts on whether these metal wheels work any better (or worse) than do the brass ones?

Mark in Oregon

 

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I have been in Flyer post war for a little over three years.  What I have seen, that all the small tenders have Brass wheels.  Passenger cars and caboose are Steel.   For reasons beyond me they both have different lengths of axles.   I had gotten a six wheel heavy weight passenger car and one axle would always fall out,  it had a brass wheel and was shorter than the steel wheel one,  go figure....

Marty

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That is almost always true. My guess would be that brass wheels were used originally on tenders because they have better electrical conductivity. The engines with smoke drew 2 to 3 amps versus 150 MA for a caboose lightbulb. In later years  these things all changed.

Tom

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