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G F tender locos

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rogerdee490th
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G F tender locos

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What are your secrets to getting these to run correct, I always seem to have poor connection between tender and loco for the current collection. The little wiper arms feel the weak link on a couple of examples I have hard wired them.
GeoffAlan2
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I've used thin wire soldered on both sides at convenient points to bridge the gap between tender and loco on a couple of mine.
The same solution used on Dapol tender locos.
Paul-H
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I find the tender drive versions much harder to get reliable running with, generally the loco drive models run more reliably.

I think the main issue is

A, the drawbar not always making contact

B, the pickups in the tender are just about pointless, what the point of putting pickups on a wheel that has rubber traction tyres.

I actually have up on the tender drive models and sold them all and will now only by loco drive tender models
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GeoffAlan2
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Post by GeoffAlan2 »

Steam locos can be made that run beautifully.
Union Mills pick up one side on the tender and he other side on the loco, which I think is called the American system. The wire they come with connecting loco and tender is bit thick, and I have replaced them with finer wire to no ill effect.
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