Re: (HO) Draft Gear Pockets... In General
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"Prototype standard has been 2' 10 1/2"
since 1890 I believe.
You're correct Eric, that is
the top end standard of an empty car. There are actually two standards
one for a loaded car and one for an empty car. And for each a number for the
My point is that IF the manufacturers
are going down this road they need a common starting point taking into
consideration the bolster height on the car, the bolster height on the truck
and the diameter of the wheel, because the standard needs to remember that
regardless of era, regardless of wheel diameter the "sweet spot" is always the
same on an empty or a loaded car according to the two the standard(s).
Although I would like to be apprised of
the progress within the industry, it really doesn't have a great deal of
impact on my "experience" in modeling, just that I want the couplers to align,
track well through crossovers, and look as realistic as
possible. The size of the pocket is a personal choice based on the
make of the coupler.
My 2¢ worth...
Eventually all things merge into one and
a river runs through it.
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