Boxcab review in Ztrack J-F 2000
- A while back I asked the group's experts on the FR US prototype boxcab if
the chassis would accept a Micro-Trains coupler conversion. The answer I
received was to hold on to my britches until the release of the
January-February issue of Ztrack magazine.
Well, I just received the issue in question where there is an excellent
review by two noted Z scalers concerning the boxcab. I want to express my
appreciation to the authors for an outstanding review.
Unfortunately, the answer to my question appears to be 'no'. The design of
the truck base plate incorporates a hook to catch the M style of coupler. I
assume that Harald Freudenreich, the amazing producer of the boxcab
locomotive, must have taken into account the coupling characteristics of MT
couplers as well since he is also producing a U.S. style coke car matching
the box cab. Unfortunately, there is no discussion of the coupling behavior
of the loco with Micro-Train cars.
Looking closely at the magazine photos on page 11, it appears that a MT
coupler draft gear box could be mounted somehow on top of the stainless
steel hook. I, for one, wouldn't want to mess up a $500 US collector's item
to check it out!
Look's like I'm gonna stick with my 0-6-0 switcher.
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- Dear Jeff,
it is an oldy, I am refering to (March 10th 2000).
With an E-Mail of this day you commented the boxcab of Harald Freudenreich.
Your concern was, if this loco is matching MTL couplings.
And your conclusion was at this time: 'NO'!
And then you went on stating: Look's like I'm gonna stick with my 0-6-0
Now, on that statement I am coming in. What type of switcher you are referring
It is a wild guess of me, when I suppose that you may refer to the Maerklin loco
BR 361 (88641). This is the loco I (tried) to convert to some sort of EMD NW5.
I would be glad to get your answer, to prepare a similar switcher for the
Dieter W. Nolte
- Hello Dieter,
Good to hear from you. Old news is good news, all the same ;-)
The 0-6-0 switcher I was referring to is the 8800 steamer.
Good news concerning the boxcab. I am convinced that I will be
able to add MTL couplers to it. Harald Freudenreich agrees with
me but he says that my solution of trimming the back end off of
the MTL coupler box is not a "professional" solution that he can
offer his customers. He will be offering a conversion package for
the boxcab with new side frames for the trucks and new coupler
My solution requires a modification to a pair of MTL couplers to fit
close to the trucks. Of course, it will be necessary to cut the
verticle pin off of the boxcab truck base plate. I suggest that you
do what I did, before you make any modification to the original
boxcab parts, get a set of replacement parts, just in case!
You'll get to see the boxcab in Sinsheim, Dieter. I will probably
write an article on the conversion for Ztrack.
--- In z_scale@y..., Dieter_Mac_Nolte@t... wrote:
> Dear Jeff,
> it is an oldy, I am refering to (March 10th 2000).
> With an E-Mail of this day you commented the boxcab of Harald
> Your concern was, if this loco is matching MTL couplings.
> And your conclusion was at this time: 'NO'!
> And then you went on stating: Look's like I'm gonna stick with
> Now, on that statement I am coming in. What type of switcher
you are referring
> It is a wild guess of me, when I suppose that you may refer to
the Maerklin loco
> BR 361 (88641). This is the loco I (tried) to convert to some
sort of EMD NW5.
> I would be glad to get your answer, to prepare a similar
switcher for the
> Sinsheim show.
> Dieter W. Nolte
> E-Mail Dieter_Mac_Nolte@t...