MTL passenger trucks w/Offset bolster pins - any truck-mounted options?

Taymar Aug 20, 2019

  1. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    You can disagree if you want to. And consider it bad advice no problem. That's why I respect you and your input. However, I won't take it back.

    I can also agree with you if I want to. Full length passenger cars with body mounted couplers, do have problems coupling on my 24" radius curves. Just like yours, as they don't line up correctly. Seldom do I ever have a problem though as I exercise a rule of not coupling on the curves. You know why and the rest of the story.

    When it comes to pulling them or making reverse moves back into the yard...no problems. Do I dare say, better then truck mounted couplers.

    All good.
     
  2. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

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    My slightly faulty and elderly memory is recalling these cars when they first came out about them needing at least 17 inch radius to work well on. Then somebody came up with redoing the truck and bolsters and I tried it with a few that I had at the time and it worked. The article was here on Train Board shortly after they came out.
     
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  3. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    John, I'm getting old right along with you. I've also noted the same articles and internet discussions.

    I watched as various fellows hobbyist responded to the new MTL heavyweight passenger cars. Like you I remember, noting some disgust and some re-engineering. False claims and just a whole lot of misunderstanding. However, when i finally got those gorgeous MTL heavyweights on my railroad property. I didn't find any reason to re-engineer them or give them the kind of bad reviews...I was reading.

    I don't know if the source of all the (false news) or problems are imaginary or the inherent dislike for MTL. Seems MTL gets kicked hard all to often. I see them as the Savior, we were all looking for back when I first started model railroading in the 60's. Why does Lionel have knuckle couplers and the rest of us don't? Some of the stuff and I mean stuff we had back then would frustrate a newbie right out of the hobby.

    In HO we trusted the big A company for their sectional track and switches. That didn't really work out for me. Tight radius curves, horn hook couplers, poor electrical wipers on my fleet of engines. I could go on here but that won't solve anything. Other then to state my disgust for the hobby at one time.

    Admittedly or obviously, there are different levels of understanding when it comes to model railroading. There has always been a problem with some of our fine folk, jumping to false conclusions. Newbies are quick to blame a problem without fully understanding how it was designed, in the first place. I ought to know I was one of them. Summary, Newbies helping newbies make the same mistake. Who hasn't done that?

    The MTL heavyweights, manage my 24" radius curves on the main and 15" radius curves in the yards just fine. No complaints from this hobbyist.
     
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