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ljudice

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Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:24:23 PM »
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Hi @Atlas Paul or others in the know...

Are the TopGon trucks a standard part or something special?

I noticed tonight they work well on Athearn Coalporters - narrowing the car-car gap,  filling in between the truck and the tub and slightly lowering the car.

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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 08:54:24 AM »
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Standard Atlas 100 Ton truck with Accumate couplers - same thing that BLMA used every time they produced the Top-Gons.


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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 10:13:41 AM »
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Thanks, Paul...
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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 01:37:01 AM »
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BLMA didn't use BLMA trucks? 
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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2017, 08:05:42 AM »
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BLMA didn't use BLMA trucks?

When Craig created the TopGon, the BLMA trucks didn't exist.  Because of the bolster design, the Atlas trucks continued to be used.





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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2017, 02:01:01 AM »
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That makes sense...  Thank you!

The TopGons are too modern for my railroad, but I have a bunch of the Atlas 100-ton trucks, mostly under hoppers and covered hoppers.
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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2017, 08:41:00 AM »
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When I designed the TopGon (BLMAs first freight car, I hadn't designed the BLMA trucks until the second freight car (PS-4000)), I recall we used a slightly different version of the Atlas 100T truck, one that had just come out on the Evans gons.  It had a shorter coupling distance than the other 100T Atlas trucks.  I believe this version is now standard... but it's something to look out for if you're swapping trucks from older or different cars
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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2017, 01:05:13 AM »
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All of my cars have body mount couplers, and the Atlas trucks had the couplers removed, but thank you for the heads-up.
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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2017, 11:00:10 AM »
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Thanks for that info....

What I have found however is there is an even better alternative - the Kato 100T truck with some minor mods to the truck and car ends.

I will post some photos, but I think its the best solution short of bodymounting.


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Re: Atlas TOPGON Trucks
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
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