Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling
I know. I had to decide early on if I wanted to modify a fleet of narrow gauge locomotives and cars to SG standards, or one SG locomotive and a dozen or so cars to narrow gauge standards. It wasn’t a hard decision!
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
That's cool. Irony is that ETWNC mounted their NG couplers at SG height as I recall. Either way NG RULES!
On Friday, June 12, 2020, 09:52:37 AM EDT, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
Yes. I use Kadee #714 couplers on all of my standard gauge cars and mount them at narrow gauge height. Fortunately, there is no need for swivel couplers on the locomotives like the ones on the prototype. While it is physically possible to do so, I don’t allow pulling standard gauge cars with narrow gauge cars or vice versa, since the couplers wouldn’t really line up. A locomotive is required. However, I do allow pushing cars since they could be poled, although the practice is discouraged. One of the Johnson City Yard Master’s morning responsibilities it to gather all SG cars in the yard and block them onto a siding. Usually in the early afternoon, a Southern Railway local freight arrives, drops off one cut of cars and picks up the other. The Yard Master then switches the new cars to the appropriate sidings based on a switch list. All this in addition to the narrow gauge switching. I’m able to keep two operators busy at Johnson City throughout a session.
Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?