Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Richard-B » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:01 pm

rdikken wrote:All painted hoppers will arrive this week.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby rdikken » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:59 am

All cars did arrive last Friday and after checking and shipping some cars, now detailed pictures. The quality of the printing is a bit better than the tank cars.

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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby rdikken » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:01 am

And the brown ones:
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:56 am

20180905_Hopprs Side one.jpg

What can you say but Beautiful!
These are every bit as good as HO scale models.
20180905_Erie End Lettering.jpg

Good end lettering.
20180905_Hopper top.jpg

Lots of room inside to add weight.

The model has a one piece body. The brake wheel is a separate part.
The truck mounting screws also hold the end platforms on.

The couplers are mounted the same way as the tanks cars. I have not investigated either car yet as to replacing with MicroTrains couplers.

They have Very nice trucks. I do not know if they are available separately yet. They could be the replacement for the former Gold Coast trucks. I will check shortly to see if they will take Fox Valley Wheel sets.

These models are a Great addition to TT-Scale.
This car could become harmful to my wallet. I can see a need for a string of CPR cars.

I suspect that these initial releases are a limited production, so if you want them, buy them now before it is too late.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:16 am

rdikken wrote:Switches are the wr10 and wl10 from Kuehn, will cost 15€ for the US.

On the picture you see both switches with in the middle a wr20 for comparisation.

Rob

Here is a comparison shot of 10 degree, or #6 turnouts.
20180905_Turnout Comparison.jpg

On the outsides are Code 55 #6 turnouts built using a Fast Tracks jig.
Next on the left is a Tillig turnout.
Inside are two new Kuehn 10 degree turnouts.

A number 6 turnout has a frog angle of 9 degrees 32 minutes. Comparing the turnouts, there is no easily visible difference so I am comfortable calling a ten degree turnout, a #6.

The Kuehn 10 degree turnout is shorter than then Tillig turnout. The Fast Tracks is the shortest.
The Kuehn turnout has, in my mind, a better colour than the Tillig turnout. The frog power connection is less obtrusive than the Tillig turnout. It has the Peco style spring on the points so you could operate it without a switch machine. I think it looks better than the Tillig turnout.

Based on initial impressions and to be confirmed by use, I think that this Kuehn 10 Degree turnout is going to be the new TT-Tracks Mainline Turnout. Time to consign all those too sharp Bedding Track turnouts to staging or industrial switching.

I have two modules picked out for installation of these two turnouts.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Richard-B » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:50 am

Bill Dixon wrote:<snip> These models are a Great addition to TT-Scale.
This car could become harmful to my wallet. I can see a need for a string of CPR cars.
I beleive we can assist you in this matter...
I suspect that these initial releases are a limited production, so if you want them, buy them now before it is too late.
Zeuke has booked 'modest' quantities of each livery for production at MTB...
Obviously, the longer-term availability of cars and liveries depends on the success of these first hoppers.

TT-West received our initial cars yesterday... 'several' of each. I plan on putting zero dollar ($0.00) pre-orders up on the TT-West web site... and fulfilling orders with e-invoices as I get more cars. As cars go out-of stock, this will allow TT'ers to indicate which of the liveries they are looking for.

I also plan on bringing cars up to VTE... and having GhostWhite-printed renumber decals for all the liveries.

If you have order-specific questions... please end by PM, eMail, or the web site.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Richard-B » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:56 am

Bill Dixon wrote:<snip> Based on initial impressions and to be confirmed by use, I think that this Kuehn 10 Degree turnout is going to be the new TT-Tracks Mainline Turnout. Time to consign all those too sharp Bedding Track turnouts to staging or industrial switching.
I will COMPLETELY agree with Bill on this...
Zeuke sent along a few of the new Kuehn WR10 and WL10 switches last month...
and I am currently re-working my inside main line to use several of them.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:59 pm

Here are a two images of the turnouts.

Here is the top of the turnout.
20180906_Turnout Top.jpg
A good looking turnout.
Notice how unobtrusive the solder connection for the frog is.
The turnout is stiffer than the Tillig. The Tillig can be curved a bit which may be useful in some situations.
The points spring is soft, but firm enough to hold the points in place. I don't think it is soft enough to use as a spring switch.

Here is the bottom of the turnout.
20180906_Turnout Bottom.jpg

Notice the straps connecting the various rails together. This turnout is DCC friendly and will need no modifications to use for DC or DCC.
The rail joiners have a small dimple and matching divot in the rail to hold them firmly in place. They pull off easily with pliers. They don't work with Bedding Track. Tomorrow I am going to check what we have in the store to see I can find one that will work to connect both rail types.

They are looking good. Now to install one and see how they work.
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby Richard-B » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Bill Dixon wrote:<snip>The {Keuhn} rail joiners have a small dimple and matching divot in the rail to hold them firmly in place. They pull off easily with pliers. They don't work with Bedding Track. Tomorrow I am going to check what we have in the store to see I can find one that will work to connect both rail types.
I've ordered some Micro-Engineering 26-003, Transition Rail joiners, Code 83 to 70...
These are plastic... I wish I had metal ones.
The alternative is probably to solder 0.010 strip on the bottom of the Code 70...
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Re: Zeuke-TT, what's new?

Postby MacG » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:13 pm

I have opened a new topic for the new Kuehn turnouts and asked the moderators the move two posts from here to the new topic. There is an easy solution for metal rail joiners.

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