draft gear [was: Re: Loading tank cars with tung oil, 1929]


Richard Brennan <brennan8@...>
 

This looks -very- similar to the GrandLine #120 draft gear for O-scale...
is #5125 the same for HO ???

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Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA
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At 08:12 AM 9/30/2008, Dennis Storzek wrote:
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, timboconnor@... wrote:


If you zoom in at 100% you can see large coil springs in a horizontal
position at the level of the draft gear. What the heck is that? Or could
it be coiled pipes?

Tim O'Connor
Tim,

They are the springs that load the shock absorbing wedges in Cardwell
and some other brands of draft gear. Real common during the twenties,
ARA draft sill standards show the location of the slots these springs
protrude through, although I think their inclusionwas optional. UTLX
liked these draft gears, and they really show on a model of a car with
high walkways, but you need a scale width draft gear "box" to have the
whole affair look correct.

Unfortunately, the Cardwell name has been reused in recent times, so I
can't find a web link to an illustration, but they were well
illustrated in the CBCs of the day. The outer springs were about the
size of truck springs, about 5" in diameter, and projected 9" 10" out
from the web of the center sills, and were retained by a large cast
washer. Grandt Line has some model cast washers intended for truss
rods that would work.


Dennis Storzek
 

--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Richard Brennan <brennan8@...> wrote:

This looks -very- similar to the GrandLine #120 draft gear for
O-scale...
is #5125 the same for HO ???

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Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA
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Just checked the Walthers web page. Grandt #5125 is a model of an
HOn3 cast body bolster. Grandt #120 is a is a model of cast draft
sills and bolster for use in retrofitting narrow gauge cars having
wood sills, that models a Cadwell traft gear installed, but it isn't
any use in standard gauge. It does illustrate the general principle:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/300-120

Dennis