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My gauge is even simpler yet. It is a piece of aluminum with two notches at the bottom which sit on the rails and a square hole that the coupler has to pass through. It is very small and can even fit in your pocket.

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Mine surface checker is on the back. bottom of the board
Greg the car is off. the coupler center is right at 1 1/8" off rail.

If I remember right, the gauges are around $70 not 15.

On my RR you could be an 1/8" off and still stay coupled.
I like the plastic one, but mine was built way back before I knew anything about styrene.
 

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Posted By NTCGRR on 12/14/2008 8:13 AM
Mine surface checker is on the back. bottom of the board
Greg the car is off. the coupler center is right at 1 1/8" off rail.

If I remember right, the gauges are around $70 not 15.

On my RR you could be an 1/8" off and still stay coupled.
I like the plastic one, but mine was built way back before I knew anything about styrene.


I like Kadee's height gauge have used it for years andI just checked the price at Kadee's web site it is- $17.95 BUT it's NOT gold plated
but it is "5 tools in 1" and like Paul said cheaper on the street.....

http://www.kadee.com/htmbord/height.htm
 

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I have no idea where I heard that, seems to me it was too high way back when I built it.
Besides, the Kadee one will short the rail out for all of you who run full power to the rail all the time.
 

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You are right Marty, sometimes I forget to turn off the track power on my "test track"... but the sparks usually tell me something is wrong! ha ha!

yeah Kevin, 1-1/8" in 1:20.32 is 22.86" right? in 1:29 it's 32.6, and I thought 33" was pretty prototypical.

Regards, Greg
 

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Remember, once you let the magic smoke out, you can't put it back in and make things work.


The Kaydee gauge was $12 something. With shipping it would have been around $15 or so.

Think I'll sacrifice a coupler and build my own now that I know the height.


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Remember that the height gauge is made from metal (sturdy), and that it also has a projection to gauge the proper mounting height of the coupler, i.e. you can put the gauge on the track with a car and see where you need to cut or fill to get the coupler mounting pad the correct height. This is besides the obvious function of checking the height of an installed coupler.

To me it's a good deal, considering the total cost of my trains, couplers, etc.

Regards, Greg
 

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I believe the #1 scale coupler is actually closer in scale size for 1:29, but after reading about how Kadees can ride over, and knowing the grades I would have and wanting to run very long trains, I resigned myself to live with the slight oversize in return for greater reliability.

So far, it seems to have been the right decision for me.

Regards, Greg
 
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