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Two main problems with the stock power pickup system on several Aristocraft's cars is the drag they create and an occasional power pickup problem. Several cars, including the Sierra Passenger cars and Long Steel Caboose come these wheel sets that use carbon brushes as the method to pickup power from the track. These brushes act as brakes on the wheels, dramatically increasing the drag on the car. In addition, they may prevent the wheels from turning which may cause intermittent power pickup which will cause the lights to flicker.
An easy way to correct these issues is to upgrade the power pickups system on the cars with Aristocraft 29123 ball bearing wheel sets. They come in both nickel plated and blackened versions. This is an easy upgrade to perform. The only downside is the cost of the wheels. This cost can be partially offset by using the wheels that are removed to replace plastic wheels on other cars.
To install the new wheel sets follow these steps.
This page last updated April 21, 2003