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Old 12-13-2019, 02:23 PM   #1
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Problem with a Lionel S-2 Switcher, #28538...

Small one anyway... On O36 track the car behind it keeps derailing. I assume the answer is a die cast car or at least something with more weight to it?

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Old 12-13-2019, 02:28 PM   #2
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Or possibly a greater swing of the coupler assembly. Some of the modern freight cars have couplers that will swing from edge to edge of the freight car.

The Weaver scale RS-3 was terrible, the coupler hardly would move from side to side without cutting a larger hole in the cowl.

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Old 12-13-2019, 03:54 PM   #3
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If it's the legacy S-2, they were made with body mounted couplers. I have one in CNW. Look onthe box label for the minimum curve requirement. Might not be enough swing for such a tight radius. Adding weight to the freight car won't help as the engine is literally pushing the car towards the outer rail.
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From the Lionel website - Min Curve: O-31

I'll add some weight and see if it loosens up...
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Old 12-13-2019, 04:45 PM   #5
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Check wires for slack too!
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Does the engine derail? Or just the car?

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Just the car. Very lightweight all plastic...
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Look at the centering spring, sometimes the coupler doesn't want to move cleanly in one or both directions. If there's any force in moving it to the side, it'll pull a light car off the rails. The cure is either free up the coupler or use a heavier car for right behind the engine.
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