Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Upgraded my Mike
One of my best-running steamers has always been my L1 2-8-2. It's a Kato mechanism with a GHQ pewter shell. Unfortunately one of its few shortcomings was pulling power. Even with the heavy pewter shell, 13 cars was all I could ever get this thing to pull up the 2% grades on my layout. Thankfully Kato made a replacement driver set with traction tires. I purchased one of eBay and installed it tonight. Now the locomotive can easily pull 18 cars. installation was dead simple. All I had to do was remove the bottom plate, remove one drive axle and install the replacement.