Mopac, about wanting to get things cleaned up and better organized, I think you hit on the problem. We all add to the problem by adding new stuff. Just this one more thing......
It's still a thought without a completion. Thanks for your kind words regarding the TOFC's.
I was about to say I posted pictures of the only two TOFC's I had, The PRR with the Erector trailers and the Christmas REA, Reindeer Express Agency. Then you reminded me of the original 23830 Piggyback Unloader and Car set that I have.
Today we have another set in the “engines with matching cabooses” series. This set is the 48715 Milwaukee Road caboose made in 1997. The matching engine, the 48020 Milwaukee Road GP9 was made in 1998. These look good as a set.
There are 5 additional cabooses in the one picture.
Tom thanks for posting yet another GP 9 and matching caboose. I have always thought that orange and black Milwaukee Road colors were one of the sharpest color combinations. Right up there with the Northern black and gold. I see you have some link cars converted to knuckle's, the 639 reefer and a 640 hopper.
I have an affinity for caboose's so seeing those other caboose's is treat.
Kenny, it is hard to tell from that last picture but none of my link coupler cars have been converted to knuckles. The 640 Wabash is a two spring short truck link coupler. The 639 is a transition car, it connects the 640 to the Sunoco Tank car plus the UP hopper and UP caboose shown in the second picture. If you look at the cut of cars just behind the support piers the green GAEX is also a transition car connecting the Rio Grande to the MKT. I have link coupler cars where I break cuts of cars in the yard because at scale switching speeds the links work 100% of the time, the knuckles at best 25% of the time. The electro couplers on the new engines work and the AM couplers work so I can mate those in the yards.
Tom now that you have pointed out the 640's short link coupler, I do see it and also the transition 639 connecting the tank car and the 640 hopper. Also the GAEX car. I only use 3 transition cars. To be honest, I have never paid attention to the link length, only the type. Now I will have to look. Are all short length link cars 2 spring trucks? I have 2 and 3 spring truck cars.
You mentioned the fact that when switching yard cars, links work 100% of the time and knuckles at best 25% of the time. I use AF electric uncouplers in my yard and on sidings. While not prototypicaly correct looking, they do work. I have ground cover around all of them so they don't visually stick out too much.
I did not mean to say the link coupler length is different on two and three spring trucks. What I did a poor job of explaining is I only run the 2 spring 640 Wabash cars because with the longer 3 spring trucks the wheels rub on the bottom of the hopper body on curves.
I also have the uncouplers on my layout. They work fine with the Gilbert knuckles but not with the Lionel Flyer ones. Any car from Lionel that came in a blue box has couplers that do not work reliably and only open half as wide as the Gilbert couplers. Those cars just stay permanently connected, no switching. Even the Gilbert knuckle couplers do not couple reliably. The are sometimes misaligned on curves and some need to be banged together to close. If original Gilbert engines are used that happens automatically. When running a modern Legacy engine at scale switching speeds it is hard to pick up one car, the car rolls behind the engine without the coupler closing. On Legacy speed step one or two I can push a cut of 5 cars down the track without the couplers closing.
Orange is nice. I have a lot more red than orange cabooses, so here is another red.
Gilbert made the good looking Seaboard Baldwins but never a Seaboard caboose. I included a repost of the Gilbert engines. I bought a Seaboard SW-1 when AM released them and ran it a lot on layouts. When Lionel released the 48724 Seaboard caboose in 2003 it joined the fleet looking good behind the SW-1.
Today’s caboose with matching engines is a UP bay window. The obvious choice for the mate is the Gilbert 372 GP-7. I did not have one out so the new FlyerChief GP-7 is standing in for the 372. It looks better behind the Legacy SD70ACe because the yellows match. Kind of surprising the yellows on the two engines are different since they were both made by Lionel at the same time. I also have an AM SW9 in UP livery. The SW9 looks the same as the SW1 above, just bigger.
Despite the matching diesels I usually run the UP caboose at the end of trains pulled by the Big Boy or the UP Challenger steam engines.
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