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Re: Assembled Sergent Couplers available

Andy Crawford
 

I'm interested if Sean is covering this, or they are still available.


Looking to Buy Sergent ES1P87 Coupler Kits

Wes Ewell
 

If anybody has any ES1P87 Steam Loco coupler kits they don't need, I'm looking to buy. -Wes Ewell


Re: Source for Batteries

David Evans
 

Been using the eneloop batteries and charger for two years now. They work great.
Dave


Re: Source for Batteries

L. J. Casey
 

on line, for many uses, not just PT, real Eneloop from Panasonic.   A little higher cost up front, but it came with 6 each AAA and AA, and a charger.   Maybe not the gold standard, but from what I've heard, read, and experienced....well worth the money


On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 2:47 PM Wayne Snyder via groups.io <rwsnyder2002=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
What does everybody use for rechargeable batteries. I'm getting tired of buying normal one. Needing a source for AA and 9V and charger.

Wayne



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Re: Joining

Dale Buxton <dbtuathaddana@...>
 

I think it really depends on two things
1. Are all and I do mean ALL of your sidings and passing tracks accessible from your walking space around your layout?  If the answer is yes. Then you have to ask yourself question 2

2. How close to real life switching movements do you want to get?

If the answer is as close as possible. Then Sergent Couplers are for you.

If you are more comfortable with just uncoupling cars with a pointed stick and spotting them by hand. Maybe Sergents are not for you.

I like Sergents tremendously! They reinvigorated my enjoyment of my hobby. This simply because of the way that they work. It’s almost like being a real switchman on the ground. The only things I don’t do are connect and disconnect air hoses or set and release the brakes

D. Buxton


On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 14:37 Brian Shumaker <brian.shumaker@...> wrote:
Hello, I’m an HO modeler and interested in possibly using Sergents in my cars. Just not sure it’s operationally feasible.
Brian




Re: Source for Batteries

Carey Probst
 

I use rechargeable Alkaline ones because of the voltage at 1.5 volts rather than NiCd, Lithium, or Ni-Mh at 1.2 volts.

If it doesn't matter I use whatever is reasonable.  Haven't seen a lot of difference between brands in general.

Carey Probst
Chief FerroMicroEquineologist
Pennsyltucky RR
On 4/14/2020 3:47 PM, Wayne Snyder via groups.io wrote:

What does everybody use for rechargeable batteries. I'm getting tired of buying normal one. Needing a source for AA and 9V and charger.

Wayne


Looking at converting from N to Proto 87 HO

D.W. Schmidt
 

Would like couplers that are more realistic than the standard.

D.W.


Re: Couplers

John Sorrel
 

Kevin

I finally found the time to assemble and install a pair of the printed couplers I was sent.

I had to slightly enlarge the ball socket so the ball bearing would not stick in top pocket.

I did not paint the couplers so I could easily keep track of them.

If they do not fail for a few months I will paint them.

I have them installed on two different cars on just one end as of now.

Had no problems installing them on exactrail cars.

Have only ran them in a 20 and 40 car train several times around the layout, it is about 240 feet one trip around.

No issues with them yet, seem to function just fine.

I have not had time to stress test them with either a 80 to 100 car train and or the beast cars I have for stress testing engines.

I have 30 detail West cars that are over weighted ( about 100 Oz each was given the idea to fill with clay back in the 80s) nice cars just WAY to heavy to use them in regular service, we use them to test guys engines or I have used them to test couplers, Love to rip apart guys plastic kadee lookalike couplers and tell the guys that is why they are not allowed on the layout. hehe

Will keep you guys informed when I have more info on the testing.

I plan on assembling the others I have this weekend and installing them

I have also assembled another 20 pair of E couplers to convert some additional cars.

Did you guys see the couplers that were on Ebay this weekend? They went for a high price I thought, I had a few bids in but no go on winning.

Ordered a few more packets of lower shelf, narrow shank and few wands from frank we will see how long that takes to get here. I wonder how much he actually has in stock.

I would be interested in a set of the bronze couplers that would be interesting.

Been crazy with the Crono closings, stay at home and shortages around here, couldn't believe that people were buying out and hording all the toilet paper. You would think the if people thought it was going to get real bad that other things rather then toilet paper would be a priority.

Stay safe
Stay well

John Sorrel
 

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, 08:34:47 PM CDT, Kevin Packard <kevinpackard@...> wrote:


Just wanted to follow up on my findings with printed couplers.  I have installed 6 sets of type F's on grain hoppers (metal knuckle) and have extensively tested them.  I have not had a single failure when running in a decent size train (25-30 cars) with and without powered DPU's.  Not one has come uncoupled.  On one DPU train I had a car derail at the rear and one of my metal E's failed (ball failure) near the front of the train due to the resulting force.  I had 5 cars with printed couplers in this section of train and they did not fail.

I also have been testing the bronze couplers that Andrew had made, and as expected they work great.  Not to mention they are beautiful in their natural "gold" shine.  I almost don't want to paint them.

-Kevin


Re: Couplers

Robin "Scamps" Felder <felder.robin@...>
 

Great to hear this update Kpack!
These are great news, i would also like to know if you would consider to send some amount of your test versions (of course i mean SELLING) :)

Take care and stay safe

Cheers


Robin

On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 2:16 PM George <gsebastiancoleman@...> wrote:
That’s great news Kevin. Does this mean you’ll start selling them (and other versions)?

George Sebastian-Coleman



On Apr 12, 2020, at 9:34 PM, Kevin Packard <kevinpackard@...> wrote:

Just wanted to follow up on my findings with printed couplers.  I have installed 6 sets of type F's on grain hoppers (metal knuckle) and have extensively tested them.  I have not had a single failure when running in a decent size train (25-30 cars) with and without powered DPU's.  Not one has come uncoupled.  On one DPU train I had a car derail at the rear and one of my metal E's failed (ball failure) near the front of the train due to the resulting force.  I had 5 cars with printed couplers in this section of train and they did not fail.

I also have been testing the bronze couplers that Andrew had made, and as expected they work great.  Not to mention they are beautiful in their natural "gold" shine.  I almost don't want to paint them.

-Kevin


Re: Couplers

George Sebastian Coleman
 

That’s great news Kevin. Does this mean you’ll start selling them (and other versions)?

George Sebastian-Coleman



On Apr 12, 2020, at 9:34 PM, Kevin Packard <kevinpackard@...> wrote:

Just wanted to follow up on my findings with printed couplers.  I have installed 6 sets of type F's on grain hoppers (metal knuckle) and have extensively tested them.  I have not had a single failure when running in a decent size train (25-30 cars) with and without powered DPU's.  Not one has come uncoupled.  On one DPU train I had a car derail at the rear and one of my metal E's failed (ball failure) near the front of the train due to the resulting force.  I had 5 cars with printed couplers in this section of train and they did not fail.

I also have been testing the bronze couplers that Andrew had made, and as expected they work great.  Not to mention they are beautiful in their natural "gold" shine.  I almost don't want to paint them.

-Kevin


Re: Couplers

Kevin Packard
 

Just wanted to follow up on my findings with printed couplers.  I have installed 6 sets of type F's on grain hoppers (metal knuckle) and have extensively tested them.  I have not had a single failure when running in a decent size train (25-30 cars) with and without powered DPU's.  Not one has come uncoupled.  On one DPU train I had a car derail at the rear and one of my metal E's failed (ball failure) near the front of the train due to the resulting force.  I had 5 cars with printed couplers in this section of train and they did not fail.

I also have been testing the bronze couplers that Andrew had made, and as expected they work great.  Not to mention they are beautiful in their natural "gold" shine.  I almost don't want to paint them.

-Kevin


Subscribing to group

Sam Reynolds <monon@...>
 

Enjoy prototype modeling the contemporary/modern era in HO scale, especially the Vermont Railway System and New England Central in Vermont.


Membership Request

Mike N8FWD
 

I like to model csx coal trains Chessie and up steam I am very interested in this product


About myself

Mike N8FWD
 

I like to model csx coal trains Chessie and up steam I am very interested in this product


Re: Couplers

Mark Roudybush
 

we talked about up-scaling and then installing a non ferrous metal into the hole where the ball bearing resides to use the same size as HO. 


On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM Talmadge C 'TC' Carr <group_list@...> wrote:
Do not know if anyone ever replied to your question.  The "S" couplers are already designed.  Getting them done is why I am rereading these old messages. 
Frank has a supply of "S" type E knuckles.  To get 3/4 size type D, ya need to file down the top & bottom of em.  The only visible difference between type D and type E is knuckle height.

On Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 01:11 PM, Mark Roudybush wrote:
Do you think these could be scaled up to S scale for those of us with On30?
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Re: Couplers

Talmadge C 'TC' Carr
 

Do not know if anyone ever replied to your question.  The "S" couplers are already designed.  Getting them done is why I am rereading these old messages. 
Frank has a supply of "S" type E knuckles.  To get 3/4 size type D, ya need to file down the top & bottom of em.  The only visible difference between type D and type E is knuckle height.


On Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 01:11 PM, Mark Roudybush wrote:
Do you think these could be scaled up to S scale for those of us with On30?
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Membership Request

Rahl Smith
 

Hi,

I model the Southern Railway in ho scale, heavy into their passenger train operations, from 1972-1979 before the NS merger.
Over the last few years I have worked on getting my models more and more realistic and this included the possibility of installing Sergent couplers.

Since so many styles have became unavailable I hope to learn to make my own or support someone who will develop this process by purchasing from them.
I had talked to Frank about the "H" tightlock couplers in the past and hope they will become available again real soon.

Thanks for your consideration,
Rahl Smith


Re: eBay listing

Todd Fisher
 

Thanks Steve. I'm bidding now


On Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 9:49 PM Steve Wintner via groups.io <steve_wintner=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
A number of Sergents just popped up on eBay - double shelf's and the like. I'm not interested but I imagine some of you are.


eBay listing

Steve Wintner
 

A number of Sergents just popped up on eBay - double shelf's and the like. I'm not interested but I imagine some of you are.


Sergent Couplers

BNSFguy617 <jonah@...>
 
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Hello, my name is Jonah, thank you for the add to the group. I model modern BNSF in ho scale and have taken an interest in sergent couplers. I enjoy how they operate similar to the prototype and are more of a scale size rather than kadees. I eventually plan on converting my whole fleet of engines and rolling stock to Sergent couplers.

- Jonah Hemingway

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