33 inch is generally used on freight cars except for autoracks which
generally use 28 inch, 36 inch is found mainly on passenger cars.
Intermountian, Reboxx and NWSL make some excellent replacement
wheelsets in these sizes.
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Pretty much just measure the wheels that are on there now. As the others
have stated, there are several wheel sizes that are used. Generally 40 and
50 ton cars use 33" wheels and 100 ton cars use 36" wheels.
The reason for these different sizes is how much weight the wheels can
Yeppie, Bush is such an idiot that He usually outwits
everybody else. How dumb!
Well thats a bummer :( but most British railway model magasines should carry
his wares, sadly no-one carries them at my local international newsagent
here in Sweden :(Swedish Danish German US but not the country that invented
them ie Britain ( theres them that would say that Cornwall isnt in
England..... Trevithick being Cornish.... so British railway magasines are
not available :( )
Sharman wheels are (were?) locomotive wheels, they did not do coach or
wagon wheels. Coach and wagon wheels to UK finescale standards are
available from Alan Gibson,<http://www.alangibsonworkshop.co.uk/ Kean
Maygib, try <http://www.mainlytrains.co.uk/acatalog/index.html and
InterCity Models <http://www.intercitymodels.com/Superollers.html .
It depends on the car. 100 ton trucks most often have 36" wheels. The old
axiom of passenger cars have 36 and freight cars have 33 realy applies to
further back in time. When I was younger (1970's) 33 was on most boxcars and
intermodal while hoppers had 36 as did tank cars (esp LPG). Now, there are
boxcars with 33 or 36" wheels. autoracks have 28 or 33", tank cars or
hoppers most often have 36 (older may have 33). Intermodal range from 33 to
38. There is the aspect as the era as well. Modern cars lean towards 36. The
33" for freight cars works for older eras ( 1980 and back? ). I don't think
there's an honest easy answer for this one. All this is from my obeservation
over the years and not from any 'rigerous' source. Depending on the model or
photo you have, it may say on the car what the wheel size is. Esp on the car
For example, the wheel size is stenciled on the sides this car (36")
illegible on these photos. And this car was built when.... in the 70's?
or http://jbrail.railfan.net/FreightCars/Intermodal/DTTX74133.html which has
33" wheels at the ends and 38" at the articluation trucks.
or the Walthers Gunderson high cube boxcar which has a marking on the car
ends reading 36" steel wheels....
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