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Has anyone experienced what appears to be zinc pest issues with RMT rolling stock?  I have a significant number of items going back a number of years.  So far I have had two couplers disintegrate on me - one was a Bethlehem Steel depressed flat car and another was a Jersey Central covered hopper.

I have tried to contact RMT twice to see if replacement trucks were available but the emails were not answered.  On the covered hopper, I am not even sure how to get the truck off - could possibly replace the knuckle - I have a press and tools - not sure if the knuckle is a post war type I could get from a parts supplier.

Hopefully the damage / loss will be limited to these two items.  I am hesitant to purchase anything else from RMT.IMG_1021IMG_1022

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Luther

Had same problem on 2 RMT Hooker 2 bay hoppers. Couplers just fell apart. Same part, the knuckle, as you show. No easy way to get the trucks off that I can see. If someone knows how to replace the trucks on the covered hopper, which look like KMT/Kusan/K-Line design, I too would be interested. I thought about drilling a hole inside the hopper above the screw so I could get to the screw that holds the truck on but thought maybe there is a better way.

I tried emailing RMT a while back looking for a replacement reversing board for a Beep but never got a reply so I figured RMT does not support their products and will just have to deal with it. Too bad, as I like their products and have a few.

Dean

@gunrunnerjohn - thanks for the suggestion to look at Lionel (or Kline) knuckles - definitely worth a shot.

@PW53inVa - agree that a straight replacement from RMT would have been "easier" - just swap the trucks.  If a Kline or Lionel knuckle works then replacing just the knuckle is easy without a need to remove the truck.  Hopefully the rest of the truck does not disintegrate over time .  I like the cars - getting them back in operation will be good.

Thanks!

- Luther

Has anyone experienced what appears to be zinc pest issues with RMT rolling stock?  I have a significant number of items going back a number of years.  So far I have had two couplers disintegrate on me - one was a Bethlehem Steel depressed flat car and another was a Jersey Central covered hopper.

I have tried to contact RMT twice to see if replacement trucks were available but the emails were not answered.  On the covered hopper, I am not even sure how to get the truck off - could possibly replace the knuckle - I have a press and tools - not sure if the knuckle is a post war type I could get from a parts supplier.

Hopefully the damage / loss will be limited to these two items.  I am hesitant to purchase anything else from RMT.IMG_1021IMG_1022

Thanks all for responding to OP's thread.  I have the same flat cars, same problems, & the same no response issues.  I will try other truck manufacturers.   D.

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