Thanks for the comment Lachute,
Right, I said after the video I'd have more pictures and comments.
Here we have my standard attachment system for couplings. Making a small plinth
to bring the coupling blocks to the required height. This is something I do by eye
nowadays, in this case the platform sits at lower bufferbeam level and from that
I know the mounting ridges of the Peco PA34 mountings need to be trimmed away
with the now flat base lightly sanded.
In that last picture you see a minor problem that had to be sorted. The tie bar between
the solebars just fouls the space required for the coupling. The piece was well stuck in
from building and I needed to trim about 0.5 mm away. Not enough to look scrappy, but
just giving some room for the couplings to move within the flexibility needed. In addition
a file was used to make a groove in the NEM pocket to allow me to drop the couplings a
small fraction to get good alignment for my other rolling stock.
It may still be a gentle kiss high, but well within the tolerances of your standard Bachmann wagon.
This last picture shows how I cut down some lead to line the wheel void, making certain that it
couldn't foul the wheels. This has allowed me to get the wagons weight up to 25.60 grams, although
slightly on the light side I know, following running tests without the lead, it will be fine and should
stay on the track even when pulling 30+ wagons. Being an engineers wagon I doubt it will ever have
a train longer than that test video !
Interesting wagon to me anyway. Problems for the future ? The wheel sets are permanently in, no
going back to add Hornby wheels that have deeper flanges without pulling the wagon apart. The
NEM pockets are also a permanent fit, located under the tie bar, they can't come out without
deconstructing !! I suppose I could snap in Kadees in place of my standard Bachmann couplings.
One omission from this kit are any brake hangars. They must have just had hand brakes from
levers at each end, no interconnecting linkage. You can't see any brakes in the few pictures I've
seen but there should be a through pipe to go with the hoses supplied, but not fitted by me
as they would foul the couplings. This is a working model, not a super accurate scale model.
Stanchions going in this afternoon and might get the black paint out as I'm making as early BR.
That could be a problem as I can imagine getting suitable decals is impossible ? Certainly some
small text decals will be out of the question.
Lysander the TOPS panel was painted on the end ........ But you find one !!