I just bought a Kato C44-9W the other day and I just *LOVE* the way it
runs. I already own an Athearn version of the model (SP) so since I model
modern-era, I thought it would be neat to get a UP leading unit since
there's lots of UP locos heading SP trains these days due to the merger.
Anyway, when I pull a 12-unit container train with an Athearn Dash 9
followed by an Athearn SD40T-2, everyhing is fine. However, whenever I use
the Kato to pull either the Athearn Dash-9 or the SD40T-2, on certain
sections, the foremost axle of the Athearn (the one that's closest to the
Kato) has a tendency to derail. I even checked the wheels with an NMRA
gauge and they seem fine and in gauge, however when I watch the trucks
carefully, they seem to have a slight wobble (amongst the axles). Is this
the main problem? How do I fix this?
Also, when I pull the Kato UP Dash 9 with any Athearn loco, the problem
Can anyone help?
Elson Trinidad, Los Angeles CA, USA
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