Pickups for the P2K 0-8-0

Gerry Hopkins MMR

The 0-8-0 loco from P2K runs perfectly at all speeds but does suffer from lack ofpicks on all wheels. The tender trucks were designed to take pickups but these were never fitted in production. This page will show you how to add picks in less than an hour. The P2K 0-6-0 is supplied with the extra pickups already fitted .

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This shot shows the 'cut-outs' already in the trucks of the 0-8-0.

This photo shows the elongated holes in the bottom of the tender. Theygo through to the space under the weight.

I use 10 thou or 12 thoubrass wire (0.010" or 0.012") from DetailAssociates as shown. Start with a piece about 2" long and bend as shown.

The wire should touch theouter rear edge of the flange. Yes, it willwear out - after approx. 500 hours. Solder a length of fine, flexiblewireto the small tab. Use the wire from a pair of cheap head phones - theoneslike ear plugs.

Pass the wire through theslots provided. I have used white wires froma decoder here for clarity.

The wires can be attachedto the connector provided. The brass wirecan be painted black when the installation is complete.

This shows the extrapickups added to a 30 year old brass loco.

This shows the pickups onthe tender of the same loco.

There should be two pickups per truck - two trucks per tender. This will more than double thelength of the wheel base for the pickups. I have used this method on Rivorossi locos as well as my HOn30 locos.