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Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:00 pm
by AstroGoat760
That car is gorgeous!

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:00 pm
by Bill Dixon
Coupler wars.

There is some confusion as to what the right coupler to use is.

It is obvious that to recreate the true H P Products experience you have to use the old Baker couplers.

When they came available, modelers started using Kadee 711 couplers.
These are of course too big.

Now modeler ares using Micro Trains N-Scale couplers.
I have wondered if these were the right size.
A while ago some Kadee TT-Scale couples showed up in a collection.
Today I was able to compare them to Micro Trains couplers.
20200906_N Scale vs Kemtron.jpg
The Micro Trains couplers might be a bit smaller, but they look right.

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:21 am
by Bill Dixon
New hoppers almost ready for service.
20200922_new hoppers.jpg
Weight added and couplers changed.
Still need to add loads. I have realized that all of my loads need to be modified to sit higher. They currently sit too low in the cars.

While working on these cars I briefly contemplated the thought that I had too many hopper cars. That thought passed quickly. You only have too may cars when you don't have enough locomotives to pull them.
Then the solution is obvious . . . . . buy more locomotives . . . to pull more hopper cars.

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:30 am
by MacG
This is a nice collection. :thumbup: Which couplers did you choose? MTL 1015 or 1016?

Congratulations on the luxury problem - too many wagons and too few locomotives! :smile:

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:46 am
by Bill Dixon
MacG wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:30 am
This is a nice collection. :thumbup: Which couplers did you choose? MTL 1015 or 1016?

Congratulations on the luxury problem - too many wagons and too few locomotives! :smile:
I used 1015 couplers..

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:13 pm
by MacG
Thank you!

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:26 am
by Bill Dixon
Bill Dixon wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:21 am
New hoppers almost ready for service.
. . . I have realized that all of my loads need to be modified to sit higher. They currently sit too low in the cars.
The car on the left shows the way I am trying to modify the loads to sit.
20200924_different load levels.jpg
I currently have pieces of 1/16" balsa strip under the loads.
The height is better but I will have to try for a better heap on the loads. I am thinking I may need finer coal.

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:52 am
by Bill Dixon
I need some industrial buildings for my modules.
The switching modules have a narrow strip along the front to suggest the industry there.
20200926_n scale oil tanks.jpg
I think that these N-Scale tanks will do for the oil depot. Needs a small building and perhaps a chain link fence between the tracks. To the right of this is the lumber yard. There will be piles of lumber, a board fence between the tracks and perhaps some sort of roof over the loading area.

For a major industry on another module I am thinking of using this HO Scale kit.
20200926_HO Scale kit.jpg
The actual industry represented takes in coal and outputs various petrochemical and chemical products.
So hopper cars in and tank cars out. That's two favourite car types covered.

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:54 am
by AstroGoat760
Bill Dixon wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:52 am
I need some industrial buildings for my modules.
The switching modules have a narrow strip along the front to suggest the industry there.
20200926_n scale oil tanks.jpg I think that these N-Scale tanks will do for the oil depot. Needs a small building and perhaps a chain link fence between the tracks. To the right of this is the lumber yard. There will be piles of lumber, a board fence between the tracks and perhaps some sort of roof over the loading area.

For a major industry on another module I am thinking of using this HO Scale kit.
20200926_HO Scale kit.jpg
The actual industry represented takes in coal and outputs various petrochemical and chemical products.
So hopper cars in and tank cars out. That's two favourite car types covered.
Those are such good ideas, I may have to "borrow" them.

Re: TT-Tracks

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:57 am
by TheKnighTT
The Vollmer Hydrogenation plant, new in 1956. I love it. Back from the days when HO was nowhere near standard 1:87, it should work quite well with TT.