Re: Any narrow gauge news/ coupler bounce is prototypical

Earl Knoob

One must also understand how the draft (pulling) and buff (pushing) forces act on the prototype.  When pulling up hill, the slack is stretched.  It is going down grade where it gets interesting.  The slack will run in to the engine and stay that way until the air brakes are applied and the train then stretches the slack.  In the days of steam, you did all you could to keep the slack stretched out.  The problem with out HOn3 models is the cars don't roll free enough to keep the train bunched against the engine.  If there was enough drag in the cars, they could be kept stretched going down grade, but then the locomotives couldn't pull anything up grade.  Back in the dark ages of DC operation I had a couple of cabooses set up with rear marker lights and rail wipers that provided power for lamps.  With the wipers down, I almost had to double head the caboose up grades.  But going down grade, it anchored the train nicely and kept it stretched.  The solution was to rig up a way for the wiper to be pulled up off the rail when running up hill.  The wiper could be manipulated with a tooth pick when the train was stopped.  Kinda crude, but it worked and all trains had to stop at the top of the grades for an "airbrake inspection" before starting down.

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Subject: Re: [HOn3] Any narrow gauge news/ coupler bounce is prototypical
Coupler "bounce" as you describe it only happens on cars with cushioned drawbars (auto racks, lumber racks and some box cars for example) narrow gauge cars of 50's and previous did not have cushioned drawbars and therefore had no "bounce".  Additionally even with cushioned drawbars once the slack is stretched the couplers stay pulled out unlike Kadees whose springs can actually pull the cars back together and make the train look like a slinky going down the track.


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