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Don Gilham


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« on: August 30, 2011, 05:21:51 PM »

Just got my garden railroad up and running, and tried to put together a long test-train.  To do that I have to mix Big-Hauler with Spectrum stock - and was disappointed to find that the coupling height was different.

Please could you explain why that is, Bacchy ?

Thanks
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on30gn15


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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 05:59:00 PM »

I'm not a Bachmann and I don't play one on TV, but can give it a shot.

Big Hauler coupler height is more or less same as original hook and loop coupler height used from G scale's inception in Europe at around 1/24 to 1/22 scale.

Spectrum coupler height is closer to true-scale US 3 foot gauge height at the larger 1/20 scale.
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NarrowMinded


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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 06:23:19 PM »

I have both as well and I have one big hauler car that has stock height on one end and on the other end is shimmed lower, this way I can run all my big haulers on the front half of the train couple my "adapter" car and pull all the spectrum cars on the rear half.


NM-Jeff
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the Bach-man
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 12:25:43 AM »

Dear Don,
The 1:20.3 cars have extra couplers with offset shanks to mate with the Big Hauler cars.
A transition car is a good idea.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
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Don Gilham


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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011, 07:50:52 AM »

Thanks guys - I knew you wouldn't let me down Bacchy   Smiley  An adapter car is a great idea too, thanks   Smiley
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glennk28

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 03:21:56 PM »

Kadee has couplers with offset shanks to rais couplers to proper height--as well as a gauge to make sure  all couplers are right.  gj
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