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

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

OnShape and etched fold lines

Due to flooding, progress on real modelling has halted, and I’ve had to move into the virtual realm.  This is okay, as there is loads of drawing work yet to do on 622. I speculated a couple of months ago that some careful manipulation of OnShape’s new Sheet Metal Model feature might yield a good pattern for etching.  Tonight, armed with an excellent resource on design … Continue reading OnShape and etched fold lines