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MTL coupler survey
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:58:42 PM »
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Saw this on the MTL home page:
http://www.micro-trains.com/

Left toward the top.



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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 03:07:14 PM »
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I took the test.  Pretty easy to decipher the intent! ;)

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 03:09:00 PM »
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"No ‘slinky’ effect."

Sounds like someone is getting the message.

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2014, 03:12:30 PM »
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What freight cars have hydraulic brakes?   :P

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 03:36:10 PM »
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What freight cars have hydraulic brakes?   :P

Chris,

You never heard of an engineer dumping the hydraulic fluid when putting the train into emergency?   :trollface:

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2014, 03:56:03 PM »
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Saw that yesterday and requested body mount conversions for freight cars. 

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2014, 03:57:18 PM »
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Uh oh. There's a catch in there... "manual coupling and uncoupling". Not an "or". Manual uncoupling I don't so much mind, but manual coupling is a deal-killer. Scale size and appearance, close coupling and no "slinky" effect + "manual coupling and uncoupling" = dummy coupler.

IMO "accidental uncouplings" is usually a trackwork issue, although I know firsthand it is a recurring problem running Accumates.
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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2014, 04:12:47 PM »
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Saw that yesterday and requested body mount conversions for freight cars. 

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2014, 05:32:05 PM »
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IMO "accidental uncouplings" is usually a trackwork issue, although I know firsthand it is a recurring problem running Accumates.

And accidental uncoupling of Kato couplers is also not due to the trackwork, but it is due to their design.  I just figured that I would throw this in here.
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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2014, 05:38:57 PM »
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Chris,

You never heard of an engineer dumping the hydraulic fluid when putting the train into emergency?   :trollface:

DFF

I answered that I wasn't interested in that feature.  :trollface:  Obviously the questions for this survey weren't composed by Joe, but by some marketing genus.  :D
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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2014, 05:57:06 PM »
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Me too.. Body mount conversions for hoppers!..

Yeah! I asked for that too when I took the survey.


Hmm... was the survey
for N scale or Z...?


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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2014, 07:47:15 PM »
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Uh oh. There's a catch in there... "manual coupling and uncoupling". Not an "or". Manual uncoupling I don't so much mind, but manual coupling is a deal-killer.


Agreed.

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2014, 11:30:34 PM »
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Agreed.

Again, to me the that question seems to indicate that whoever created this survey is no very familiar with model (and 1:1) railroading.  Even the 1:1 knuckle couplers couple automatically.  :facepalm:
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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2014, 11:34:37 PM »
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Scale size and appearance, close coupling and no "slinky" effect + "manual coupling and uncoupling" = dummy coupler.

Or the Lee English Z scale couplers.   :ashat:


IMO "accidental uncouplings" is usually a trackwork issue, although I know firsthand it is a recurring problem running Accumates.

I can get my MTL-equipped autoracks to "accidentally uncouple" almost at will.   All I have to do is slow the train on a downhill grade to about 5 scale mph.   They will start to pogo and then let go.   It's definitely _not_ the track, no other cars in the +60 car train have that issue.

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Re: MTL coupler survey
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2014, 11:46:25 PM »
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I can get my MTL-equipped autoracks to "accidentally uncouple" almost at will.   All I have to do is slow the train on a downhill grade to about 5 scale mph.   They will start to pogo and then let go.   It's definitely _not_ the track, no other cars in the +60 car train have that issue.

Wellllllllll... if they're stock with the truck-mounted couplers, this doesn't surprise me. IOW, it's not the couplers themselves, it's the slop of the too-long lever arm resulting in misalignment as stuff bounces around. I had a similar problem with 86' auto parts cars. Once the couplers were body-mounted, the problem vanished... as did their ability to run on anything less than a 20" curve. :facepalm:
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