What is Proto:87
Before I go too far along in my layout, I wanted to give Proto:87 a try. If you are not familiar with Proto:87 it is basically improving the prototypical appearance of your railroad by using wheels and track that are to scale.
There are two basic components to a Proto:87 upgrade
- Proto 87 wheels. The wheels are much thinner and use a more scale flange.
- Proto:87 turnouts. The frogs have narrower flange ways.
The wheels may not be as visibly noticeable, the turnouts definitely will. More information on Proto:87 is available at proto87.org, you can find NMRA Proto Standards at: S-1.1 General Proto Scales,S-3.1 Trackwork Proto Scales,S-4.1 Wheels Proto Scales.
Proto:87 Wheel Swap
Swapping freight car wheels is probably the easiest part of upgrading to Proto:87, it’s pretty much like any other wheel swap: remove the old wheels and replace. Even though it’s an easy process, I thought I’d make a video to demonstrate how easy it really is. In the video I swap wheels on an Atlas 17,600 gal Corn Syrup Tank Car to Northwest Shortline (NWSL) 37618-4 36″ P:87 1.015″Pointed Axle Wheels.