FINALLY got time to wire in the second 9v, add the spark arrestor and fix the slight bind in the siderods. Maiden run was with 3 LGB 4 wheel cars, she just ambled right along. Added another one and it slowed down some, but still went. With 5 cars she threatened to stall (4 traction tires and a pound of BBs means she isn't likely to slip. I'll have to see if the run times improve tho. It was slowing down and getting a bit uneven after about 10 minutes.
I had the remains of this really crappy battery operated 2-6-2 that my ex wife bought as a surprise for me back when she still cared. (I was surprised, alright, surprised enough to ask her what the he## I was supposed to do with the piece of junk -- and it only took 6 years to figure out a use, too) As I said in earlier posts, a Kalamazoo or HLW 0-4-0, or LGB Porter or even a 2017 would probably have been easier and definitely a performance improvement.