Ring Engineering Frequently Asked Questions

Power Pick-Up Truck

Does the Power Pick-Up Truck really work well even though the it only uses four wheels for electrical pickup?

 YES.  The Power Pick-Up Truck has special mechanical and electrical design which allows for dependable connection even on moderately dirty and slightly uneven track.

I see you offer the Power Pick-Up Truck with two different wheel sizes.  How can I tell which wheel size to buy?
The very best way is to use a dial caliper and measure the largest diameter of the wheel tread.  If the measurement is closest to 0.414 inches then the wheel is a scale 36" wheel. If the diameter is closer to 0.379 inches then the wheel is a scale 33" wheel. 

You could also ask your local hobby shop personnel which size wheels are on the freight cars that you would like to install the Power Pick-Up Truck.

There is actually very little difference in the 33" and 36" wheels (The radius difference is only 0.017") therefore it is likely that a 33" will fit an original 36" freight car and vice versa.

Does the Power Pick-Up Truck work with RaiPro?


Does the Power Pick-Up Truck work with DCC?


Does the Power Pick-Up Truck work with an Analog Power Supply?


Does the Power Pick-Up Truck require any maintenance?

 YES.  For good operation you will need to clean it's wheels about as often as you clean your locomotive wheels.  The good news is, unlike a locomotive with 8 or 12 wheels, you will only need to clean 4 wheels on the Power Pick-Up Truck.  Also, you will need to lubricate the bushings once in a while.  Please see instructions for complete details.

Can you use two Power Pick-Up Trucks on the same freight car?

 YES.  One Power Pick-Up truck should provided dependable connection to the track but you can put one power Pick-Up Truck on each end of a freight car for the ultimate in dependable track connection.  You will need to parallel the wires together.  You can use a meter to be sure you connect the proper wires together.

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