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|Posted: Thu Dec 10th, 2009 05:43 pm||
In this photo you can see the basic coupler pocket I'm using (from Foothill Models). Also in the shot are the links and pins supplied.
Concerned that these might be a bit hard to use in actual opreation I went looking and found the links in the form of a 60" chain and the pins from cut-down eye pins.
I found these at Hobby Lobby here in the Dallas area. The chain is made up of the links you see here plus small circles that join them. Open the circles and the links drop loose. They aren't protype size by any stretch but they'll work for me.
I might add that the oval can be flattened a bit very easily to make the connection. I just figure if they work as they are so much the better.
In actual use they look a bit like what you see below.
I've spent quite a bit of time running all five completed cars around the grandkid's HO layout (yeah...sure...it's for the grandkids) which has 18 inch radius curves and they seem to work just fine both pulling and pushing.
The real test will come when we try these on Woodie's Mogollon. Then I'll know they'll work anywhere.
And that means no offense to Woodie's railroad. It's just built like the real thing would be with all the whoopties and do's that a prototype line would have after the hot sun has beat down on it for years...'cause it has.
Move along...nothing to see here...