Semi-believable coupler pocket

From a review of the 1906 Locomotive Builders Dictionary¹ it seems like the pilot, and also likely the tender couplers on 622 should not have draft gear per se, but would have been mounted in cast coupler pockets, without any springing at all.  These were very narrow affairs, barely wider than the 6-inch shank of the coupler itself.  So, if I am to use Accumate … Continue reading Semi-believable coupler pocket

Invasion of the dining table

It couldn’t last forever. Sooner or later I had to make something that I could touch, despite everything still buried in Mt Flood. Fortunately the Cricut has been stuffed in a corner of our bedroom since that fateful day in January.  Even more fortunately, Cricut supplies were on special this weekend at Michaels!  I have no idea where to begin excavating for the old ones. … Continue reading Invasion of the dining table

Next order layout goals

I just read a thought-provoking post over on Tony Thompson’s excellent blog, modeling the SP.  Then I took the dog for a walk, which is an excellent time for thinking about something, if you’ve been so provoked. Tony identifies a spectrum between operations-oriented and prototype accuracy goals that I think resonates with many in the hobby establishment.  Like Tony, my own layout falls on this spectrum, … Continue reading Next order layout goals

Accumate coupler boxes

Maybe they should be called “draft gear,” but they don’t look much like them, and they don’t behave much like them, and so, like “throwbars” they should get their own name. “Coupler box” is what I’ve always called them. I standardized on Accumate couplers for a couple of reasons: firstly because they are near-scale size, and secondly because Sergent Engineering couplers will fit the coupler … Continue reading Accumate coupler boxes