Gg1 frame needs straightening

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Posted by stuartmit on Friday, March 17, 2023 2:53 PM

My GG1 is running much better than it was, although I think it ought to be better. No doubt I think there May be frame damage, and that has given room for more vertical bounce on the pilot and lead trucks. However, I have 2 others and they donot run flawlessly either. 

Also, my frequent junctions of Gargraves and 022 switch rail are not helpful, but I do notice that sometimes the pilot derails in the middle of 022 switches--a problem that is not due to

muxining different manufacturers products.

But  the 2 weights have brought the loco back to be mostly reliable by reducing the bounce. 


I have seen mentioned in CTT that the GG1 pilots can be trouble because they are unweighted, and some steamers have exhibited the same trouble. 

To me, it is a design failure for what was sold as a toy to require a high degree of craftsmanship to perform in a way to be satisfying. I will cop to not being the  best craftsman; honestly I am a guy who would rather play with his trains than work on them! 

As usual, comments welcome--just be gentle regarding my last bit of candor. 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, March 17, 2023 4:05 PM

Post pics or better yet a video of it running!

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