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Old 07-06-2019, 01:37 PM   #1
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Need a traction tire for a Baldwin or a PA.I have found that a 5/8 rubber O ring fits perfectly.Remove old tire and clean tire groove throughly.A tab of Superglue in several spots and snug O ring in place.Hold engine off tracks and apply power to get tire spinning.Using an emery board file O ring flat so it grips the track.You can find O rings at most hardware or plumbing supply stores cost bout 25 t0 50 cents each.....
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:49 AM   #2
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Thanks for more of your "cheap tricks". Helpful.

I found some O rings at Walgreens. They are for things like pony tails. In the hair care section. They are clear.
About the same size as your O rings and are dirt cheap. Like 100 for 2 bucks. I had thought they might make
traction tires for trains. O scale couplers are notorious for coming open for no apparent reason and I use these to
keep couplers closed. Works.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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That is a neat trick. I have heard that folks use double-sided tape (I assume the thin clear kind) on old steamers. Anyone know of this?
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:35 AM   #4
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Benz trains had a video about using tape for traction tires.
I posted how to make some using 'O' Rings, a piece of dowel and put the dowel into a lathe and sand them flat. No one seemed to think it was worth the trouble.
There is a thread somewhere about making them using different ideas.

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