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I'm to the point where I need to mount the trucks on a flat car, and my couplers and height tool haven't come in yet.
I am planning to mount the coupler on the end beam, and need to know how far off the track to make it.
I can't wait until they come in! Help!

Matt

Oh yeah, it might help to know that I'm modeling NG 1:20.3 with Kadees.
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Most narrow gauge railroads set their coupler height between 24" and 26", typically the same height as what they used for their "standard" freight wheel diameter. So, the D&RGW would be 26", while the EBT would be 24". I've got mine set at 1 3/16". That's higher than what Kadee recommends, so if you're planning on using the track magnets, then you'll want to set the height so that the bottom of the pin is 1/8" above the railhead. I cut my pins off, so it makes no difference.

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Thanks for your reply, Kevin! I had no idea the question was such a tall order. 148 views and one response? If not for your response, I think I would have a serious complex! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/shocked.gif

Seriously, though, thank you for your thorough answer. I'll get to work...

Matt
 

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I think Kevin pretty much answered the question, so nobody else needed to respond. :)
 

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The Kadee Coupler height gauge is great.

However, for 1:20.3 you need to add a 1/8" (0.125") shim between the upper and lower parts of the gauge to raise the coupler to the correct height.

A simple piece of styrene works great for this.

Jim
 

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You're right, Kenneth. I should not have been so sensitive.../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif" border=0>

"You can buy a Kadee coupler gauge." Thanks, Jerry, but that's the coupler tool I mentioned that I'm waiting for - ever so patiently/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/satisfied.gif" border=0>

Thanks for the tip, Jim! Do you have yours mounted at the same elevation as Kevin?

Take care,
Matt
 

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Posted By DKRickman on 09/09/2008 12:00 PM
I think Kevin pretty much answered the question, so nobody else needed to respond. :)" border=0>



Yeah, and looking at the time stamp, he answered it 4 hours before you asked.:)
 

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Posted By Greg Vocks on 09/12/2008 4:46 AM
Posted By DKRickman on 09/09/2008 12:00 PM
I think Kevin pretty much answered the question, so nobody else needed to respond. :)" border=0>" border=0>

Yeah, and looking at the time stamp, he answered it 4 hours before you asked.:)" border=0>




I've always believed Kevin to be very intuitive.:D

But if you look at the time again, Greg, I think you'll find that Kevin's post was actually made the next morning.

Take care,
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