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OK so I ordered the Micro Mark rollers that were on sale and want to build a test stand.  Let's see what you built.  I want to make sure I can extend and compact the stand for a variety of locomotive lengths.  Any track system would work.  Let's see what you've created!

I did a search and found a couple but still would like more input.

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I hacked together one in a couple of hours, might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it was cheap and fast.   It has switching for 2-rail/3-rail testing, and the higher level track is so I can connect tenders with the Lionel IR tether or the MTH PS/3 drawbar with the locomotive on the rollers.  The whole thing has rubber feet and a wall hanger for when I'm not using it.  I also added individual power switching so I could power just the locomotive or tender during testing, occasionally that's useful.

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I made one with 2 pieces of 1X4 pine. It's 38" long with a 16" long elevated section for the tender. 16" is long enough to fit an ATSF 25K gallon tender, which is even longer than a Big Boy tender. It uses 4 rollers, even for an articulated locomotive. Just put a small piece of 1x4 pine under the pilot/front truck and you're good. No need for anything fancy just to bench test stuff. Fits my DM&IR Yellowstone just fine.

I hacked together one in a couple of hours, might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it was cheap and fast.   It has switching for 2-rail/3-rail testing, and the higher level track is so I can connect tenders with the Lionel IR tether or the MTH PS/3 drawbar with the locomotive on the rollers.  The whole thing has rubber feet and a wall hanger for when I'm not using it.  I also added individual power switching so I could power just the locomotive or tender during testing, occasionally that's useful.

GRJ,

How is power connected to the raised (tender) section of track ?

Thanks

@GregR posted:

Ok, this isn't exactly handmade, but apparently Williams has this setup coming out soon. Is this new, or did I miss seeing this before? How in the world does it clean wheels?

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Most likely with those tan colored pieces fitting under the wheel that needs cleaning. It appears to me that you will have to clean only one or two axles at a time.

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