Re: Sergent Couplers

Thomas M. Olsen <tmolsen@...>


Did not someone just recently, on this list, state that J.P. tried to
get his Reboxx coupler made in China and had run up against a stone
wall? If I see him tomorrow at Timonium, I will ask about his progress
in this area and if he is not there, I am sure that Ralph will know..

Tom Olsen
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479

Patrick Wider wrote:

Tim, I still don't know the right answer, especially if Kadee continues to sell #78's one
thimble-full at a time. I know their game - they think that's the quickest and most
profitable way to recoup their tooling costs. They sold 5&10's that way for years until the
competition started to make cheap rip-offs. Then they suddenly made bulk packs
available. Sam, correct me if I'm wrong. On the other hand, from a manufacturer's
standpoint, it's much easier to count and dump the things in a bag with little or no
instructions. Anyone want to buy RP CYC's by the 60-book box??? That's the way we get
them. We''ll give you a really special price. Caution, they weight just over 60 pounds.

I'm just trying to learn about all of my current options. You speak of Reboxx like they're
going to be available in my lifetime. I have my doubts. If InterMountain makes them, I'll be
long gone. It's taken them four tries to get an ART steel reefer correct. Ed's about to pull
out his hair and give it up.

Pat Wider

--- In, timboconnor@c... wrote:

Pat, in that circumstance, you wave your magic wand and open
each knuckle with that same device (which doubles as a pick), as
I said before. Is this practical? Only if the layout is designed so
that the location is accessible. I could ask a similar question about
coupling Kadees on a curve. (If you do switching inside tunnels,
I admit Kadees will usually work better in that case.)

Remember the car was spotted at the siding. When it was spotted
it had to be uncoupled. The uncoupling process opened the knuckle.
It stays open 99% of the time (on our layouts gravity is unable to
close the knuckle.) The other times you wave the wand. This doesn't
seem complicated to me. What am I missing?

I think the only functional difference between the Sergent and the
Reboxx coupler will be that the Reboxx will have a sprung knuckle
with an optional locking pin. I think the intent was to have the best
of both worlds. But since the Reboxx isn't available I'm guessing it
was harder to accomplish technically than was thought.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not converting to Sergents. But it's simply a
compatibility question. The Reboxx is intended to be compatible with
Kadee, but then I question whether it will be as prototypical looking
as the Sergent. If Sergents came in scale draft gear, I might actually
be inclined to convert.

Tim O'Connor

I can ask the same question. How did they get open? Will one or the other be
open 100% of the time? Maybe not. I have a car in a siding - it just happens to
have a closed coupler. Like the prototype. Call it fate, gremlins, bad tea leaves,
who knows?

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