59579Re: AZL latching couplers
- Jan 27, 2009I seem to recall that modern freight cars especially high capacity
cars now run on 36 inch wheel sets rather than the older 33 inch
ones. MTL's I think represent 33 inch size. Could it be that AZL is
representing 36 inch as used on modern cars with roller bearing
trucks. Having said that I think there are some enclosed auto racks
that run on 30 inch or 28 inch wheels. Be interesting to see what the
match is to prototype. There is more than one length for freight
trucks as I recall.
--- In email@example.com, "Cliff Travis" <cliff@...> wrote:
> I just got a few sers of the new AZL truck mounted couplersand find
> that they couple Very Well. Wheels are metal and are very free
> Frames are plastic and well detailed.So far all is positive.
> I converted two MTL Tubular hoppers nad discovered some negatives.
> Wheels are noticably larger than MTL's and are further apart. I
> say which ones are correctly dimensioned but difference is quit
> noticable.Trucks have really excessive horizontal swing.
> The mount easily using origianl MTL bolster springs. AZL supplies
> but they do not fit MTL bodies.
> The two cars with AZL couplers works VERY well but coupler height
> low that they will not couple with MTL coupers althoughwhen at the
> height they appear to be completely compatible.
> Couplers are almost rigid in the coupler coupler housing whereas
> couplers move easily from side to side in the box. A real plus is
> the ASLs are rigid which should prevent the ojectionable bouncing
> occurs with MTL couplers.
> My initial enthusiasm for converting all of my cars to AZL couplers
> dampened by the points mentioned above.
> I sincerely hope that someone will find that I have done something
> wrong and describe how the conversion to AZLz is easy and
> Then I can do some converting.( although the dimensional
> may stil be a problem). Ican live with roller bearings on wooden
> cars if the mechanics are OK
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