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The good ol' 'learning' curve
From the Cyclopedia to the Internet.


Model Railroader Magazine:
Linn Westcott; John Allen.

Varney... Mantua... Ambroid... MDC... Model Power... Tyco.
SnapTrack... Atlas brass rail.

Switch machines:
Yaaay!

Kadee couplers and sprung trucks:
The sprung trucks have fallen out of favor, but their couplers took over the World.

Brass locomotives:
Now we're talkin'!

Floquil paints:
I can still smell them.

'Momentum drives' & flywheels:
Good stuff.

D.C. Power packs & Block Control:
Running trains the "easy" way (grrrrr!).

Flex track w/Nickel/Silver rail:
Whoa!

Upscale structure kits:
And some pretty nice ready-built stuff.

Code 83 & 70 rail:
Gotta have it!

Accurail kits:
Eureka! Superb!

Classic Metal Works:
Vehicles to die for.

High-end 'Premium' rolling stock:
Rivet-counters got out their magnifiers.

Premium plastic locomotives:
Insane detail.

Lenz-Marklin DCC:
About as real as it gets(?).

Millenials are in for some insane things, like fully automated vehicle traffic, laser/signal train control, and programmable switching, to make up and break down trains... CNC switching!
 

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Yeah, they're making a "comeback" of sorts...
They mostly disappeared in the early '70's, due to 'bunch-up' problems, but I guess they're better now?
Not sure... I swore off them long ago.
I still have them on a few cars that haven't had any problems, but I trust unsprung plastic more than those. Accurails plus a TruckTune and metal wheelsets roll as good as anything you can buy.
 

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The trucks actually had spring suspension like the 1:1 do. They faded out in HO...
Faded out? 23 of the 37 HO trucks on the Kadee site are "fully sprung".
They were a lot more popular at one time years ago then people started shying away from them. Then the solid plastic trucks were the preferred option. Yes not of every single modeler on the planet. Some guys still kept using sprung trucks. Now they seem to be gaining in popularity again because they are made better and look more realistic. They never totally went away but yes faded away to some extent. You can now, and always could get them.
 

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Just found a few in a junk box. I plan on using them eventually. Personally I love the old stuff. Like opening history in every box.
 

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I have a few dozen Kadee cars...
Most of the old ones with sprung trucks now have TruckTuned Accurails and metal wheelsets because they suffered from 'bunching'... one wheel would always be lifted.
The recent ones with sprung trucks haven't exhibited that malady.
 

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Some of my old Kadees still have the original sprung trucks because they haven't been an issue.

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For those of us who have less than perfect eyes and not so nimble fingers, those tiny springs in the couplers is a enough to deal with. Thats why I sacrifice the truck spring realism and stay with the plastic trucks and invest my time elsewhere on the layout.
 

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Thanks for the heads up on that. I should have figured that out. My little brain is slowing down.
 

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Full disclosure: When I was buying the trucks I needed from the KaDee site I didn't even realize they offered "High Gravity Compound" (plastic) trucks. :rolleyes:

Until this thread - which made me go look again - I thought all KaDee offered was metal/sprung and that's why they were "all that".
 

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One of the problems with the sprung trucks was
loss of the spring if, while rerailing, the truck was
twisted. When that happens, the springs take wing
and the truck comes apart. I finally put a dab of super
glue where the parts abutted. This avoided the
twist...but defeated the 'sprung' action. I would
never buy a sprung truck.

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IMO, H.O. scale cars are too light weight to use any advantage that a spring truck has to offer......larger scales, being heavier, are more likely to utilize sprung trucks to advantage....

None of my 300 plus HO cars have sprung trucks.....and they track and roll perfectly.....
 

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One of the problems with the sprung trucks was loss of the spring...
Don
That's actually the most valid peeve.
My #2 peeve would be the cost.
I think they're rare even these days because of the price.
Atlas and Athearn rigid plastic Bettendorfs aren't all that cheaper.
But good ol' Accurails are a half dollar each.
 
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