Pantographs available in TT

Pantographs available in TT

Postby Rich B » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:33 am

Given Stromallee's overhead, I'm finding the pros and cons of various pans. Luckily, the "standard" single arm pan fitted to my 143 and 101 ride the wire well, and though there could be improvements to their appearance, for exhibition running most people are simply impressed enough with a fine wire having a pantograph in contact with it that absolute visual fidelity isn't so important.

My Kuehn 185 has visually similar pans, but the heads don't sit level and so can catch wires when traversing pointwork. I want to replace them with the Tillig equivalent, though I haven't yet tried a Sommerfeldt one. As I know Tillig's ride the wire well, I'd rather be cautious and stick with what I know. However, I can only find them in red (08886) rather than the grey I need.

The Tillig 189 pans don't ride very well either and I would like to replace them. The improved pans on more recent 189s look good, but I can't find a part number for them. Does anyone know what it might be? Failing that, the pans on the Piko 187 look rather better than their previous efforts, and could be a fairly close match to the 189. Does anyone have any experience of running a Piko 187 or recent Tillig 189 with pans up? In fact, these pans should be suitable for lots of modern locos, being a DSA 200. It's just a question of how well they ride a wire. The older, cruder Piko pans ride quite well, so I hope they might be a useful part.

Generally, I'd also welcome anyone's experiences of how well various TT pans behave riding OHLE. Thanks!
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Re: Pantographs available in TT

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:54 pm

I haven't had experience with pantos on a wire yet. But as far as exchanging them, I would look at MBS' parts pages here http://www.mbs-sebnitz.de/ersatzteil-sh ... 1-120.html
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Re: Pantographs available in TT

Postby Rich B » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:45 am

Strangely, Tillig don't list the pans as spares for any of the models I've looked at; rather they appear to be bundled with a body.
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Re: Pantographs available in TT

Postby TinGoat » Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:12 am

I would say that the Go-To name for pantographs and catenary is Sommerfeldt, except that you don't have the same wide selection of styles and colours that you get for HO and N scale...

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Re: Pantographs available in TT

Postby MacG » Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:41 pm

The various models of pantographs by Tillig ranges from article number 08885 to 08888. But I think, all are red.
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