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I have a problem with the front truck of my J1e Hudson derailing over switches and stuff. Some guys in our club suggested that I go to Menards and pick up some bigger springs, and that will fix the problem.

The guys failed to mention what size springs and what tension I should go for. Since I am mechanically challenged, I was hoping someone could possibly help me out with a suggestion as to the right set of aftermarket springs to use to bolster up my front and rear J1e Hudson trucks?

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Have never had my hands on one of those before. Can you take photos from top, sides, bottom and post them?
 

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Frankly this falls into a very typical trail n error approach to your needed solution.

If you remove any spring on the loco currently... take it to a hardare store an start choosing others similar..

Before tear down... with loco on a shelf. Such that you can see the wheels easily.... use a small flat screw driver ... lift the trucks an get a feel for the effort....
Play with springs.. testing this effort.. try something that gives you a more solid feel..
Only run enough pressure to solve your jumping off rail.. more is not needed....


Yes.. this will take some time on your part.. that's why it's called a hobby!!
Try various springs.. run the loco.. find the sweet spot that works best!

Then sit back n have fun with your trains.

Dirk
 

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The other thing you could do is add some lead weight to the bolster. You can get 0.5 to 1oz sinkers at any sporting goods store. Flatten them out with a hammer and glue them to each side of the bolster. I'd try 1/2oz on each side of the screw hole and if that doesn't work try an ounce on each side.

I agree with Dirk, take the truck off and then take the spring to a hardware store and get one of the same size (dimensions) and has is stiffer. This may take a try or two.

What switches are giving you trouble? I don't have any trouble on my LGB 18000s with my USAt Hudson.

Chuck
 

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derailing over switches and stuff.
Before you try any mods (weights, springs, whatever,) check that the wheels are rotating true (no wobbles) and are the correct distance apart (1.575" back-to-back.) You may just have one wheel out of alignment.
 

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I had a similar problem with one of my Aster Mikes. Instead of making the spring stronger, which would effectively lift the front of the loco more, I put some weights on the truck itself. I used the weights sold at the hobby shop for toy racecars. They had foam adhesive on them, but that didn't stick to the "well oiled" truck frame, so I used epoxy to hold them on. I managed to add about ten 1-oz weights to the truck frame (6 above and 4 below) and they are hardly noticeable from the side. Probably could have added more. The other Mike never had the problem; I don't know if it was wheel misalignment (gage or twisted on the axle) or a weak spring, but the weights did the trick.
 

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By any chance were the flanges turned down to be more prototypical? If that was the case you will have a ton of problems with LGB switches.
 

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I don't want to add any more weights because the loco is heavy enough (26 lbs) already. I'd rather not do the trial and error method because I already have a friend coming to help me disassemble the locomotive. I'm not very good at taking things apart and putting them back together. That's why I was hoping someone had done it before and could tell how to do it on the first try.
 
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