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Re: Sergent Couplers

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>
 

John Degnan wrote:
. . . I wonder if Kadee couplers faced your same arguement when they first came out and surely had to state that they were not compatible with the standard "horn-hook" couplers? They faced the same hill-to-climb and they climbed it to become a standard.

Hardly true about horn-hooks, John. In addition to the variety of one-off types (Baker, etc.) there were working knuckles (Devore) and good dummies (several mfgrs.) which were widely used. The horn-hook certainly did not become standard among scale modelers, then or ever.

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Scale draft gear (was Sergent Couplers)

Bill Lane <billlane@...>
 

Hi All,

I have been an advocate of better draft gear for about 10 years now. Most
supplied Kadee draft gear scale out to 6" x 20", about twice as wide as the
prototype.

I currently have 3 different S Scale custom made brass casting draft gear
types that I designed and made the brass masters for. They have the external
prototype detail, and the internal requirements for the Kadee 802 coupler. I
compromised them to be approximately 14" wide. Surprisingly, you can notice
the difference in width over the stock Kadee box. You can get the full delay
swing out of the narrow box with some minor coupler modifications.

Here are a few links to my work:
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_1.jpg
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_2.jpg
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_3.jpg
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_4.jpg
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_5.jpg
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/billlane/My_Models_6.jpg

I also incorporated it into my X29 project. www.pennsysmodels.com Perhaps
some of the other scales and manufacturers will follow suit some day.



Thank You,
Bill Lane

Importing a Brass S Scale PRR X29
http://www.pennsysmodels.com
The freight versions are currently in production

Modeling the Mighty Pennsy in S Scale in 1957


Re: Sergent Couplers

John Degnan <RailScaler@...>
 

Sergent tells you up front that they are not compatible with any of the Kadee-type couplers
Of course, and they're not supposed to be, nor do they need to be considering what they were designed to be (prototypical). But at the same time, I wonder if Kadee couplers faced your same arguement when they first came out and surely had to state that they were not compatible with the standard "horn-hook" couplers? They faced the same hill-to-climb and they climbed it to become a standard.

the couplers have to been aligned, and the knuckles opened by hand- serious issues for most for even casual operation.
Yes, but only initially true. Once your train is made up, theoretically, it should be no different than operating a kadee-equipt train (except for hand-waiving the uncoupler magent). But even Kadees can't offer fool-proof coupling on curves, so that evens the odds. And just to push my point a bit farther, joining these couplers when the nuckle is closed can't be any different than joining two dummy-couplers, removing the need of hand-opening them in the first place. And I've ever seen a dummy coupler than looked one fourth as good as the Sergent coupler.

the continued dependence of this coupler upon an oversized coupler box that the coupler shank may or may not be designed to fit is an astounding non-starter.
O.k, let me update my comment on this matter a bit. Since my last reply, I have proverbially "done-the-math" on this matter, and test-fit the new Sergent in a standard Kadee gearbox WITHOUT the Kadee centering spring. The result was that ONLY the paint on them (inside the screw-post hole) needed to be filed away to make it fit and operate PERFECTLY with no binding whatsoever! I next tried it WITH the Kadee centering spring, and didn't get as good a result as I'd hoped for... there was some binding, but I don't think it was due to the reduced clearance inside the gearbox due to the presence of the centering spring, but rather due to the "wings" of the centering spring that pressed against the sides of the coupler's shank. I'll look into this more this weekend and post another report.

That the coupler so far has no admitted inherent design capability for automatic centering, or any means of opening the knuckles only adds to a high probability for expected routine dysfunctional operation characteristics.
If non-opening nuckles is the problem, then why do you like Kadee couplers? They only "close" on their own (under spring power). Kadee's require a magnet to "open" the nuckel the same as Sergents do... just not in the same manner. And though I admit that I have only a very little operational experience with the Sergent, I want to state that I have had many problems with Kadee couplers in the past due to their loose coupling. The snug locking of the Sergent couplers promises to be a natural hinderance to uncoupling due simply to the law of physics - tighter grip, less slip. Sounds almost like a Seaboard Slogan that stated "Tight Grip, Safe Trip."


John Degnan
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----- Original Message -----
From: Denny Anspach
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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 12:20 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Sergent Couplers


Although I will certainly take a hard look at these new assembled HO
scale couplers when they become available, so far I must remain an
"optimistic skeptic" that these couplers are designed primarily for
seldom-operated shelf or display models, or models that may be
committed to fixed consists operating on excellent trackage. Sergent
tells you up front that they are not compatible with any of the
Kadee-type couplers, and that the couplers have to been aligned, and
the knuckles opened by hand- serious issues for most for even casual
operation.

On overall scale appearance alone, the continued dependence of this
coupler upon an oversized coupler box that the coupler shank may or
may not be designed to fit is an astounding non-starter. Even if one
is still willing to accept an appearance akin to a rose still
plastered on an ugly face, an integrated coupler-and-box design and
engineering is a key to fundamental operating excellence-just as on
the prototype.

That the coupler so far has no admitted inherent design capability
for automatic centering, or any means of opening the knuckles only
adds to a high probability for expected routine dysfunctional
operation characteristics.

A fine cast scale dummy coupler would seem to be a better deal, so far.

Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento


IM milk cars

Charles Hladik
 

All,
IM's web site lists the proposed milk cars, their release dates and
prices. Sorry Shawn I was wrong they don't list any wine cars.
Chuck Hladik
_staff@...
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Re: Reboxx Couplers

Denny Anspach <danspach@...>
 

The Reboxx/Barger couplers are on hold. JP Barger's production company became completely pre-coccupied with a major production run (model railroads are only a company side line), and JP Barger himself also underwent a debilitating illness. He is recovering fine, but he has not indicated (at least to me) when the coupler development will again be taken up.

I have urged Reboxx in the past to seriously consider the adaptation, or a coupler version suitable for a scale sized coupler box.

Denny
--
Denny S. Anspach, MD
Sacramento


Re: Intermountain "Milk" Reefer - The CMWX Version

Charles Hladik
 

Shawn,
Got the flyer at the shop yesterday and yes IIRC there was a wine car or
two. Also available as an undecorated kit.
Chuck Hladik
_staff@...
(mailto:staff@...)


Re: Sergent Couplers

docdenny34 <danspach@...>
 

Personally, I think the draft gear box is being used as an excuse for folks to not have to
bother with couplers other than the usual suspects. The same folks that believe the draft
gear box is a huge issue and really make it non-usable for appearance reasons, also
have wheelsets that are 2x as wide as the prototype.
Hm-mm. Pretty brave accusation about people who are strangers to the sender.

Many of us who are desiring scale sized coupler boxes are also happily operating
hundreds of cars daily with .088" wheels, and would go to wheels even more narrow if
standard NMRA trackage would allow it.

Denny


Barger Couplers was Re: Re: Sergent Couplers

Brian J Carlson <brian@...>
 

With all this talk of the Sergent couplers I have been wondering if there is
any more news on the Barger coupler?

Brian J Carlson P.E.
Cheektowaga NY

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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Sergent Couplers




On Apr 6, 2005, at 1:38 PM, Pete Brown wrote:

You're not likelty to get a scale draft gear box *and* the ability to
have the swing required on our far-from-prototypical curves.
Personally, I think the draft gear box is being used as an excuse for
folks to not have to bother with couplers other than the usual
suspects. The same folks that believe the draft gear box is a huge
issue and really make it non-usable for appearance reasons, also have
wheelsets that are 2x as wide as the prototype.

To each their own. :-)
I have tested the Protomate couplers with their very narrow draft gear
in conjunction with the angle cocks that I put just adjacent to the
draft gear on 15" (yes 15") radius curves with NO operational
difficulties. So operation within the context of curves should not be
an issue, especially since most don't model angle cocks either at all
or nearly as close to the draft gear as I do. I realize that there are
other considerations. One is automatic uncoupling. I am from the
school of thought that the prototype doesn't uncouple automatically so
neither should my models. In honor of our risk averse, litigious
society, I will add that YMMV.

Regards,
Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media
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Re: Sergent Couplers - now reboxx couplers

Ned Carey <nedspam@...>
 

Pete brown wrote
You're not likely to get a scale draft gear box *and* the ability to have the swing required on our far-from-prototypical curves. . . . The same folks that believe the draft gear box is a huge issue and really make it non-usable for appearance reasons, also have wheelsets that are 2x as wide as the prototype.
To each their own. :-)
The width of the gearbox doesn't bother me as much as the lack of detail, or grossly incorrect detail (kaydee's "ears"). I like Byron Rose' draft gear box. True it is unprototypicaly wide but it is nicely detailed, takes "standard" couplers, and is easy to use. As Pete said "to each his own".

So what ever happened to the scale couplers that were going to be coming from JP Barger and Reboxx? I have been really out of touch. Was there any word on these at Cocoa Beach or Springfield?

Ned Carey


Re: Sergent Couplers

Ted Culotta <tculotta@...>
 

On Apr 6, 2005, at 1:38 PM, Pete Brown wrote:

You're not likelty to get a scale draft gear box *and* the ability to have the swing required on our far-from-prototypical curves. Personally, I think the draft gear box is being used as an excuse for folks to not have to bother with couplers other than the usual suspects. The same folks that believe the draft gear box is a huge issue and really make it non-usable for appearance reasons, also have wheelsets that are 2x as wide as the prototype.

To each their own. :-)
I have tested the Protomate couplers with their very narrow draft gear in conjunction with the angle cocks that I put just adjacent to the draft gear on 15" (yes 15") radius curves with NO operational difficulties. So operation within the context of curves should not be an issue, especially since most don't model angle cocks either at all or nearly as close to the draft gear as I do. I realize that there are other considerations. One is automatic uncoupling. I am from the school of thought that the prototype doesn't uncouple automatically so neither should my models. In honor of our risk averse, litigious society, I will add that YMMV.

Regards,
Ted Culotta

Speedwitch Media
100 14th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402
info@...
www.speedwitch.com
(650) 787-1912


Intermountain "Milk" Reefer

Shawn Beckert
 

Brian Ehni wrote:

Not sure about those, but I caught a Chateau Martin car in Pine Bluff
Arkansas.
Brian, do you remember the date you saw this car in Pine Bluff? Was it
a GPEX car like the Intermountain kit, or just something similar?

Shawn Beckert


Re: Sergent Couplers

Pete Brown <YahooLists@...>
 

Leave the knuckles open after uncoupling, don;t open them each time you wish to couple. Also, I think non-centering can be a nice boon. It will allow you to couple on curves, for one thing.

You're not likelty to get a scale draft gear box *and* the ability to have the swing required on our far-from-prototypical curves. Personally, I think the draft gear box is being used as an excuse for folks to not have to bother with couplers other than the usual suspects. The same folks that believe the draft gear box is a huge issue and really make it non-usable for appearance reasons, also have wheelsets that are 2x as wide as the prototype.

To each their own. :-)

Like Proto:87 wheels and track, I suspect these will be relegated to the finescale crowd for the most part. Scale couplers and wheels are the two things that have, to date, failed to make the mainstream, even when folks insist on other scale details on their vehicles. The main reason, of course, is that these things have a direct impact on how you build and run your railroad. If you just finished laying 50 switches, it seems unlikely that you'll convert them to Proto:87 specs. The same thing goes it you have 200 cars with Kadees installed. No one likes rework :-)

Pete
Proto:87 Modeler in Maryland

----- Original Message -----
From: Denny Anspach
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Sergent Couplers


Although I will certainly take a hard look at these new assembled HO
scale couplers when they become available, so far I must remain an
"optimistic skeptic" that these couplers are designed primarily for
seldom-operated shelf or display models, or models that may be
committed to fixed consists operating on excellent trackage. Sergent
tells you up front that they are not compatible with any of the
Kadee-type couplers, and that the couplers have to been aligned, and
the knuckles opened by hand- serious issues for most for even casual
operation.

On overall scale appearance alone, the continued dependence of this
coupler upon an oversized coupler box that the coupler shank may or
may not be designed to fit is an astounding non-starter. Even if one
is still willing to accept an appearance akin to a rose still
plastered on an ugly face, an integrated coupler-and-box design and
engineering is a key to fundamental operating excellence-just as on
the prototype.

That the coupler so far has no admitted inherent design capability
for automatic centering, or any means of opening the knuckles only
adds to a high probability for expected routine dysfunctional
operation characteristics.

A fine cast scale dummy coupler would seem to be a better deal, so far.

Denny


Re: Thanks tiny url...

Brian Paul Ehni <behni@...>
 

Not sure about those, but I caught a Chateau Martin car in Pine Bluff
Arkansas.
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Thanks!

Brian Ehni

From: Park Varieties <parkvarieties@...>
Reply-To: <STMFC@...>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 15:42:58 -0400
To: <STMFC@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Thanks tiny url...


While we are on the subject of the Intermountain milk reefers, what areas of
the country would these particular cars most likely have been found?

Baker's Chocolate
Consumers Dairy Co.
Sheffield Farms
Bodren's
Whiting Milk Co.

Thanks.
Frank Brua
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From: Tim Gilbert
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Thanks tiny url...


Jerry Jackson wrote:


http://tinyurl.com/4hjat
Well at Springfield, IM released photocopies of their milk car
announcement. The URL above is a lot better than the jpeg image I have.
Thanks Jerry.

Tim Gilbert



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Re: Thanks tiny url...

Park Varieties <parkvarieties@...>
 

While we are on the subject of the Intermountain milk reefers, what areas of the country would these particular cars most likely have been found?

Baker's Chocolate
Consumers Dairy Co.
Sheffield Farms
Bodren's
Whiting Milk Co.

Thanks.
Frank Brua

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To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Thanks tiny url...


Jerry Jackson wrote:

>
> http://tinyurl.com/4hjat

Well at Springfield, IM released photocopies of their milk car
announcement. The URL above is a lot better than the jpeg image I have.
Thanks Jerry.

Tim Gilbert



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Re: Do you mean these?

Andy Miller <asmiller@...>
 

the flyer says Kits $19.96 / Assembled $31.96

regards,

Andy Miller

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Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 1:25 PM
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Subject: [STMFC] Do you mean these?



This is the flyer sent out to dealers for advanced reservations.
Kits $15.96 / Assembled $25.96

http://images9.fotki.com/v168/photos/8/89750/339356/IMGEPXMilkcars-vi.jpg

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Re: InterMountain Pfaudler milk car

rwitt_2000 <rmwitt@...>
 

Brian Paul Ehni wrote:

Anyone know the story on this? Walthers has them listed, and I
don¹t see anything on IM¹s site.

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@s...> replied:

IM announced their release at the Amherst show in West Springfield
MA in February. They had a prototype there, but expected a release in
May at the earliest.

The Walthers wed site states the estimated delivery date as August 2005.

Bob Witt


Re: Do you mean these?

Brian Paul Ehni <behni@...>
 

YES! Now I can do the Chateau Martin car without buying brass!!!!
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Thanks!

Brian Ehni

From: Jerry Jackson <centralfloridashops@...>
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Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 17:25:25 -0000
To: <STMFC@...>
Subject: [STMFC] Do you mean these?



This is the flyer sent out to dealers for advanced reservations.
Kits $15.96 / Assembled $25.96

http://images9.fotki.com/v168/photos/8/89750/339356/IMGEPXMilkcars-
vi.jpg

Jerry







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Re: Thanks tiny url...

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
 

Jerry Jackson wrote:


http://tinyurl.com/4hjat
Well at Springfield, IM released photocopies of their milk car announcement. The URL above is a lot better than the jpeg image I have. Thanks Jerry.

Tim Gilbert


Thanks tiny url...

Jerry Jackson <centralfloridashops@...>
 


Re: InterMountain Pfaudler milk car

Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
 

Brian Paul Ehni wrote:

Anyone know the story on this? Walthers has them listed, and I don�t see
anything on IM�s site.
--
Brian,

IM announced their release at the Amherst show in West Springfield MA in February. They had a prototype there, but expected a release in May at the earliest. (Since the Stock Car was scheduled in October to be released last December or January, I suspect that the milk car would also be delayed).

They prepared a one-page brochure on the car. If you or anyone else want a jpeg of that brochure, please let me know directly at tgilbert@...

Thank You, Tim Gilbert

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