Rotary Couplers info!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by siderod, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. siderod

    siderod Member

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    Should the rotary coupler on a car like a bethgon be located next to the coupler of the locomotive?

    I suppose a different way to word this would be:

    What coupler should be placed coupled to the locomotive(s)? The rotary coupler, or the standard (fixed) coupler?

    I'm getting my 24-car train set up to take some pics...want to get it to look right!
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Siderod:
    are you planning to dump the car next to the loco? It would make sense for the rotary coupler to be at that end, unless the last car is pushed into the dumper and the loco backs off.
    It might be different if the train goes into the yard and a switcher couples on to the other end.
  3. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

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    I don't know much at all about this but I do know it would be bad to have the non-rotary coupler connected to the engine and then rotate the car! Bad, very bad.
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    I think you'd call that "twisted" :D :D :D
  5. siderod

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    It's amazing what thihnking during the 2 most boring hours of my freakin life will do for me! You know that bordem...when you don't know what yur doing, but yur doing something...it's kind of a cross between death, bordem, silence, math class at school and playing that game with the knife stabing between yur fingers just for fun. (knifie-stabie? :confused: :D )

    Anyway, i thought about it and i figured that the rotary coupler would NEED to be next to the locomotive UNLESS you had a double rotary next to the trainling unit OR the locomotives were uncoupled for that dump (which would be more trouble then it's worth)

    ALSO, 2 rotary couplers shouldn't be next to each otherfor some reason...from what i heard, it can cause derailments

    Anyway, 2 hours of bordem will do wonders!