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Add to this that the overall length most often used
in the ORERs of the period covered by this list is over the strikers. Coupled
length which is usually measured in draft is about 30" (15" each end) more
that the length over strikers when standard draft gear is used. Starting in
about the mid 1970s, the over all length in the ORER is usually the coupled
All this goes out the window with Duryea
underframes because the couplers do not move with respect to the center sill.
The entire coupler and center sill assembly moves as a single unit of fixed
"Hi: no. The only datum I could find was from
the 1943 CBC safety appliances as follows ( a paraphrase ) the ends of the
running board shall be no less than 6 or more than 10 inches from a Vertical
plane parallel to the end of the car passing thru the inside edge of the
closed knuckle with coupler horn against the buffer block or end sill. How you
can translate this to model overhang I don't know. Marty cooper"
The knuckle to coupler horn dimension has been a consistent 12" since the Type
D coupler was adopted around WWI; older coupler designs were smaller, more
like 9", but few on this list model equipment from that earlier era. This
means the running board should project between 2" to 6" beyond the striker,
which is the end of the center sill, or "coupler box" in model parlance.
Length over the strikers is one of the basic dimensions given on prototype car
drawings, if not directly, then found by adding the truck centers plus 2X the
kingpin to striker distance. Also the "outside Length" dimension given in the
ORER is the length over the strikers in most cases.