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991  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Couplers that do not match. on: November 30, 2014, 04:35:15 PM
Bill I am watching the Saints game AND running my layout AND posting, a miracle of multi tasking at my advanced age.

Go back and read some of the stuff I said earlier.  I dont think it matters what kind of couplers you have, I bet they are plastic and a little bending will fix them.  If not a little shimming or tightening oughta do it.  All of this is part of model railroading, always had been.

I've got a great idea.  Figure out by trial and error which the bad cars are.  Take the bad cars off the layout for now and run the good ones.  One by one, figure out what each car needs by the low end techniques we talked about earlier.  I, like you, highly dislike fooling with maintenance when operation  could be going on.

Don't fool with those cars now, go back and have some fun with those great layouts you had pictures of put up.

Your friend, the trainman
992  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Couplers that do not match. on: November 29, 2014, 11:24:46 PM
Cmon Brock give us a break  Grin and let's help this guy solve his problem instead of pickin at everyone.

He's got couplers that don't line up and maybe shift around.  If they are train set type couplers they are probably some sort of Delrin plastic, whether horn hook or knuckle.  They can probably be slightly bent in line, tightened up, or shimmed to where his train doesn't aggravatingly part.  I've successfully done that kind of low end fix-it on my train set type stuff before I passed it on.

993  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Couplers that do not match. on: November 29, 2014, 10:34:14 PM
Bill i thought of something else.  The problem couplers may be  loose in their mountings and wobbling vertically.  Something may need tightening up.  Or, some very thin plastic shims inside the coupler boxes may get the alignment better.

You can fix this, I assure you.  And get back to operating where the fun is.
994  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Couplers that do not match. on: November 29, 2014, 10:17:39 PM
Bill, I'd say figure out which couplers are the consistent trouble makers. It won't be all of them, just two or three I bet.  I was going to suggest a coupler height gauge until I realized you have the horn hooks still.  Horn hooks arent that great as you can tell by consensus but I used them a long time and once you get them lined up, for Christmas type layouts they are fine.

Trial and error will tell you which ones are funky.  If they are lining up a little low or high you might be able to very gently (very) bend it in line.  A little heat on the coupler may help it along.

If you are of the mind to convert to knuckle couplers you'd get better performance.  It may be beyond your desire to do so.  I know, I hate car maintenance too.  I converted to knuckle couplers a few cars at a time over lunch hours when I basically had 45 minutes every day with nothing to do.  Built some structures then too.  left more  time in the evening to operate and do fun stuff.

As far as quality control goes, model railroad manufacturing is no different than any other, there will be good and bad days and you might have ended up with a couple of slugs.  I've had them and fixed them.  Maintenance , although not a lot of fun, appears to be a requisite component of model railroading. I've spent entire evenings soldering jumper wires around dead spots instead of operating like I'd much rather do.  It's just something we live with.

Those are nice layouts Bill.

Don't forget the immortal words of Linn Westcott, "model railroading is fun!"
995  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO scale Southern 2716 Berkshire on: November 29, 2014, 12:24:21 PM
All that is very true, we do this hobby the way we like it because we like it.  I like being reasonably close to being prototypical in steam service days.  That is why I'm not interested in a  C&O engine lettered for SR, even though one did serve the SR steam excursion program at its height.  It looks like a lot of people might want one, though, and if they turn out to sell in large numbers, that means that the Bach Man will prosper and make other things that I "will" want.

All that being said, WW II was an interesting period for engine leasing and sales with power reallocation patterns causing  engines ending up on roads you'd never imagine.  N&W 2-8-8-2's went to the Santa Fe, C&NW 2-8-2's went to the MoPac, B&M Limas went to the SP along with several CB&Q engines, FEC mountains went to the ACL and Cotton Belt, C&NW and Erie 2-8-0's went to the Cotton Belt, and on and on.  All of this makes for lots of what-if thinking that could justify anything on your road that you might like.
996  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO scale Southern 2716 Berkshire on: November 28, 2014, 05:42:13 PM
Of course, Woody, all correct.  I just wouldn't buy a model of it.
997  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: help!! on: November 28, 2014, 05:28:22 PM
Whoever was on here previously discussing the right of someone to do what he chooses to do with  things he'd spent his money on, wasn't me, I am very new on this forum.  I agree though, do what you want with your stuff, but there "are" "better" and "worse" things you could do.

Now.  About giving things away ......

We had several young teenage members at one time in a club I was in.

One had no money at all, it was really kind of sad.  With his parents permission, I slowly gave him gave him about 20 or 30 pieces of rolling stock I really didn't need that I'd upgraded past.  Man that kid was beyond thrilled with stuff serous modelers would laugh at.

Another kid was a little better off, but I gave him an almost give away deal on a steam engine with a decoder I didn't care for much, that did not operationally meet my requirements any more.  That kid also was in heaven, should seen him running that thing around blowing the whistle.

Another thing I did for those guys that didn't cost me anything but was treasure to them, was a stockpile a various plastic knuckle couplers I'd saved when replacing with Kadee scale-sized couplers.  Three of those guys were able to completely go knuckle-coupler and skip the "transition" stage discussed earlier.

The same thing with plastic wheels. When converting to metal wheel sets I kept all the better ones for those guys who then were able to get rid of pizza cutter wheels on all of their problem cars..

So ...... How about it?  What have some of you others done for kid modelers?  Some of it is a small expense, some not.  If an engine doesn't run good enough for you, you will never get your money back selling it, but you "could" make someone's day with a gift.  Selling used model railroad equipment is almost never profitable enough to be worth it.....  the intangible value of a well directed gift is beyond words.
998  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: help!! on: November 28, 2014, 12:27:14 AM
I'da given that engine to a kid who would not have cared about minor detail issues.
999  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO scale Southern 2716 Berkshire on: November 24, 2014, 08:45:45 PM
Of course.  Excursion  era steam engine models would probably sell relatively well, I just wouldn't get one, I'm interested in actual service period practice.

The TP 610 lettered for SR isn't the only current excursion steam model example, Bachmann has offered a green SR 722 over several runs of the popular 2-8-0 and has it available now. A third Bachmann competitor currently has an "excursion" 4501 as well as a "freight service" version. 

The Royal Hudson lettered for SR would be a very long shot, though, it is a one of a kind prototype.
1000  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO scale Southern 2716 Berkshire on: November 24, 2014, 07:46:25 PM
Yes it was.  But like the 610, it was another roads engine painted up for SR.  Both looked great but were excursion era only prototypically.

 Some might want one or both of these.  A  Bachmann  competitor is offering the 610 in excursion paint.  A lot more people today remember  these engines on excursions rather than actual freight service.  I'm just saying that as a steam era modeler I wouldn't get one.
1001  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO scale Southern 2716 Berkshire on: November 24, 2014, 07:37:39 PM
It's not a SR prototype, SR never had any Limas in the steam days, never had anything with a 4-wheel trailing truck.
1002  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-6-0 frame bent at pilot on: November 24, 2014, 04:22:02 PM
I already broke it.  Repairing with sheet brass and epoxy.

1003  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Easy evening project - mogul cosmetic upgrades on: November 13, 2014, 12:36:14 AM
I also forgot to say that I'm on an iPad and can't right click.
1004  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Easy evening project - mogul cosmetic upgrades on: November 13, 2014, 12:35:00 AM
None of that sounds familiar.  I think I downloaded a greeting card site of some kind.  I went crazy trying to make it work. Went to some how to use photobucket site and my so called photobucket account didn't look anything like what they showed , it was almost all greeting card sales stuff.    I think I got into some bogus web site, managed to delete it.

If it takes more than two or three steps it's too complicated for me.  I'm too old for computers, always have been. I used to be an architect and a good one too,  computer drafting ran me out of the business.

 This forum is about as difficult as I can deal with computer wise.  I'll have to  get a kid to set up my photobucket eventually and get some  pictures of my 1945 short line put up somehow.
1005  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Easy evening project - mogul cosmetic upgrades on: November 12, 2014, 10:06:10 PM
Ok I got the picture in a photobucket account.  I can't figure out how to get it into a post now.
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