How to couple a car on a small runaround?

zaulden Dec 11, 2018

  1. zaulden

    zaulden TrainBoard Member

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    I have a really small runaround - enough for a locomotive to run around a 40' wagon.

    What is the best way ya'll have found to couple up against the wagon? Often the locomotive has to approach the wagon on a curve because of the runaround, and the couplers don't meet up.

    Is it best to just push the car with the locomotive until it's on a straight section, and the couplers can straighten out?
     
  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    No, it's best to provide the straight track for parking and let the locomotive run solo through the curved leg of the switches.

    Failing that, whatever you can make work is fine with all of us!
     
  3. zaulden

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    Hmm. Track plans I have seen for the classic timesaver have a runaround where the top of the runaround only has room for one car.

    In that case, surely the locomotive can't have space to straighten out when approaching that car off the curve of the runaround.

    Or am I looking at this wrong?
     
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  4. acptulsa

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    So, why park a car on the top of the runaround and run around it on the bottom track?

    Why not park a car on the bottom of the runaround and run around it on the top track?

    Are you parking cars on both the top and the bottom of the runaround? Because if you're only parking cars there to run around them, you can park them on the straight side.

    Right?
     
  5. zaulden

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    Good point. I think my issue is I don't have a traditional runaround. I have something made from all left turns:

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  6. acptulsa

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    Uncoupling on curves isn't difficult.

    When you want to uncouple from the west end of a car and couple to the east end, use the north track. When you want to uncouple from the east end of a car and couple to the west end, use the south track.
     
  7. zaulden

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    Good point. I think this will work. :)

    Thanks.
     

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