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We pulled out an older train and the engine wheels appeared to have had rubber rings on the wheels. Only one was remaining and it was broken. I am having trouble finding replacements. Any thoughts? Are they still available?
 

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They're called 'traction tires' in the hobby.. Depending on what scale and make the engine is, I believe you can purchase them, perhaps on ebay, or other source, using the correct title.
 

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Is/are the wheel(s) to which the remaining tire is mounted grooved for these tires?

If you cannot find these on e-bay, measure the wheel diameter (not including the flange) as precisely as you can in millimeters and I can get you a part number to order from a hobby shop where I do business.
 

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Thank you to all who replied so quickly. We found a hobby shop close by that may have them ( now that we know what they are called LOL) Once they open, we'll head in to see, if not we'll check the site out that was suggested above. Thanks !!!
 

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Also, goody ouchless elastic hair bands are used by some for traction tires. A pack with 3 sizes will run you about 3 bucks at Walmart.

I've not tried them for traction tires but they have worked on some Hi-F band drive locos.
 

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We did see the snot on ebay...have many of you tried this stuff?
I applied it to three of my locomotives several years back. It takes some learning to apply a nice, even, thin layer, but I found that it worked surprisingly well. It won't last a long time, but it will last for three to four hours of use, which is a long time to run a train.

Once opened, the glass jar will dry out over time. Apparently, I haven't tried it yet, just adding a bit of water to the top of the plug inside and letting it stand overnight should soften up enough that you can dip and apply.
 
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