On Mon, 22 Dec 2003 05:02:54 GMT, Richie wrote:
=>The problem with shimming down the mark1's is that this
=>method inhibits the swing of the bogie.
Must say I learned a lot from this and other posts -- will keep for future
Perhaps the buffer beam should have a recess cut in it to accept the KD
coupler pocket. I seem to recall that the "buckeye" couplings on the coaches
are in fact set into the buffer beam, like regular 3-link couplings. Of
course, if you do that, your coaches won't couple with those that have
mounting pads installed. AAARGH!
It _really_ is time for some standard coupler pocket set at a standard height
in (not under) a standard height buffer beam, or mounted on bogies. Since
tension lock couplers can be made with NEM shanks, and NEM is one of two
worldwide standards, IMO that's what should be adopted, esp. since Bachmann
already uses it. Once you have a standard like this, all sorts of couplings
can be designed to fit - even scale 3-link couplings (just include a small
plate to cover the inevitable big hole in the buffer beam.)
PS: I put three Triang-Hornby coaches behind the Hogwarts loco. In BR maroon,
they aren't exactly the right colour, but they are an inch shorter, and so
track better on the 18" radius curves under the Christmas tree. They also
have interiors. And since I'm usisng Christmass village houses as scenery,
the whole thing is fantasy anyhow. Looks nice!
If you didn't want to go to Chicago, why did you get on this train?
<just one w and plain ca for correct address>