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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2018 03:04 am
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Ok, so what would a 3 foot gauge colorado line use for ties?

Actual dimensions?

how is that for yet another important question?



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 Posted: Sun Dec 30th, 2018 03:23 am
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Hi T.G.B.  :wave:



Well ... I dunno exactly what they would have used in Colorado.  L:



But if I ever get around to laying some track ...

... I've got my eye on some 5x3mm or 3/16"x1/8" Walnut stripwood for 1:35n2 scale.  :)



I've tried that size out against Code-83 & Code-100 rail & it looks good to me.

It's also a very similar size tie to PECO On30 'Crazy Track' which looks very good in 1:35n2 scale.



Sounds expensive huh ?  :f:

Well it isn't really if you buy a big bundle on eBay.  :bg:



I guess if you've got a suitable saw you could try cutting your own ...

... but with eBay at hand, quality bulk stripwood isn't like inflated modelshop prices.



Walnut looks really cool  :cool:  as well & saves staining problems etc.



I guess as far as 2' gauge goes, 4ft long ties sounds about OK ...

... for the BIG Colorado 3'ers I'd say 5ft long ties sound about right.



:moose:



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Yeah, I won't be doing any kind of exactness.

And I have looked at other people's layouts.

I see everyone is sort of doing kinda sorta looks right.





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An X2F coupler!.

Haven't seen one in AGES!!!.

Jose.





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pipopak wrote: An X2F coupler!.

Haven't seen one in AGES!!!.

Jose.


Expect to see more. :P

err...
just cutting up the Tyco Caboose underbody in preparation for a Gilpin-ish caboose build.





Yup, more X2F couplers. :D




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:doh:





Woodie :-  :cb:

" These appear to be the prototype for the NMRA X-2F couplers so popular in the last century.
Well, at least I am trying... "





Jose :-  :mex:

" Reminds me of the infamous X2F... "





Si. :-  :moose:

" All these great minds thinking in sync. "





& from Down-Under LITERALLY ! ... A damn fugly Aussie mining X2F !!  :shocked:


:doh:





Oztrainz :-  :cool:

" Because of the jaw geometry and locking tab,
these are less likely to have spontaneous uncoupling events than a traditional knuckle coupler.
... only permitted coupling for underground use "


L:


Well there you have it guys ...

... the sum-total of Freerails 1:1 prototype X2F knowledge !  :apl:



I think Oztrainz hit the nail on the head, or the Lincoln on the pinion, or whatever ...

... with his jaw-dropping (groan) geometry snaps.  :P



The NMRAs ingenious, or infamous as Jose  :mex: would have it, cheap plastic crappler design ...

... is very safe, cos once you get 'em ( or rather IF you get 'em ) coupled up OK ...

... you ain't EVER ! gonna get 'em uncoupled again in a month of Sundays !!  :f:



Now that's VERY safe !  :)

You can't say THAT about a rusting, Health & Safety law bustin', metal-fatigue ridden Lincoln-pin !!  :f:



As for the aesthetics ...

... Thank goodness they are only used UNDERGROUND ...

... where nobody can see them !  :!:



I'll retire to my underground bunker for a  :java:  now ...

... before the FLAK bombardment starts.  :shocked:



;)



Si.








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... you ain't EVER ! gonna get 'em uncoupled again in a month of Sundays !

That's why they were called COUPLERS.

Jose (who still (shugh!) remembers).





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Seems more legit than using some Kadee crapplers on equipment that should have link and pin couplers.

:P






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link and pin couplers....

for the seriously masochistic-inclined....

Jose.





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Back to wheels...

I did a reduce the wheel size to get dimension calc.
by dividing a standard 33" wheel by both scales.

33 / 87
= 0.37931034482759

20 / 55
= 0.36363636363636

So in HO scale the 33 inch wheel ends up being around 1/100th of an inch different in size.
I'm sure there will be those who look at my models and will have a complete OCD crisis.

Not to worry, Emotional Trauma Teams are on hand. :P

And Happy New Year everyone!




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