The Vancouver Train Expo seems a long time ago now. The bolster pattern that I worked on there? Yeah, it didn’t work out. I had forgotten to leave room for the straps and bolts on the tops of the trucks. Well, one nice thing about modelling in styrene is that mistakes are quick and cheap to correct.
With a car propped on the new bolster, I could then test the deck height, which was perfect. But when I test fitted the draft gear, I found there isn’t as much room under there as you might hope. I think the draft gear itself is too deep, and this makes it foul not only with the truck bolster*, but also with the brake lever.
While I had the car sitting on its trucks, I also noticed that the bolts marking the ends of the truss rods are almost in line with the wheels, auguring interference to come. This may dictate the depth of the needle beams and queen posts so the truss rods don’t bump against the wheels.
Thank goodness for Proto:87 flanges or I would really be in trouble!
* Actually the beams that hold the side frames together and from which the swing hangers hang. Does anyone know the name?