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    • October 7, 2018 12:47 PM EDT
    • Steve Weidner said:

      I grew up around the Rock Island in Des Moines IA.  Model it in N and HO - but not currently as we are still working on our 1900 Victorian house restore. 

      Anyway - in HO I have old Varney F3's in Rock Island Freight scheme that I used Athearn F7 chassis to replace the chassis that had Zamac cancer.  Have an A-B-B-A set of them.  I model the 1950's era and have quite a few fallen flag freight cars like I use to see growing up.  You might look to use the same process on the Mantua ones you have.

      Hey, cool.

      Might try the Athearn F7 thing under a couple Bachmann FT shells which I want to do up in Minneapolis and Saint Louis green and yellow with the hatch in top of nose.

      Just got to get around to acquiring the mechanisms. Had a nice collection of Athearn locomotives when I left HO for On30 in late 1980s early 1990s but gave away or sold most of my HO over the next decade.

      I started back in HO when our club formed in 2009 because I was the only person who did On30, and the only person who even knew what Gn15 is.

      If you wanted to be part of the thing HO was the one and only way to go.

      The one person who had a G railway in their yard has since retired, sold their house, and moved away.

      [img]https://farm1.staticflickr.com/969/27828614768_f12fb2bcd3.jpg[/img]

    • October 7, 2018 12:34 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Forrest, I bought a new Mantua F unit just before they closed up shop. The thing doesn't have the RP25 wheels, and so it will not run on code 83 track. I don't know if they all were like that or not, so I am just giving you a heads up that it could be an issue.

      Has turned out to not be an issue, they do fine on the little fragment of an HO layout I have at home, which is Atlas code 83 rail. The modular layout at club is code 100.

      That is where they will see most of their use since that layout is about 20 feet square and what's at home is a strip about 7 feet long.

      That picture is pretty much the entirety of what I have at home.

      Building colors are based on SAL with my yellow being more yellow than ochre.

      MY IHC 0-8-0 and 2-6-0 with larger flanges run okay on the code 83.

      There is one loco, I forget what, that you can tell its large flanges are hitting the spike heads, but that's okay, it's not one used often.


      I've had one A-B set for about a year while Bill tried to find where he had stashed the other pair.

      They were maybe run once by Bill to make sure they did run. Wheels are shiny like they had never been out of the boxes.

      I have yet to get Kadee couplers in the ends.

      [img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1968/45159126351_e059ab1ca5.jpg[/img]

    • October 7, 2018 10:27 AM EDT
    • I grew up around the Rock Island in Des Moines IA.  Model it in N and HO - but not currently as we are still working on our 1900 Victorian house restore. 

      Anyway - in HO I have old Varney F3's in Rock Island Freight scheme that I used Athearn F7 chassis to replace the chassis that had Zamac cancer.  Have an A-B-B-A set of them.  I model the 1950's era and have quite a few fallen flag freight cars like I use to see growing up.  You might look to use the same process on the Mantua ones you have.

    • October 7, 2018 7:21 AM EDT
    • Forrest, I bought a new Mantua F unit just before they closed up shop. The thing doesn't have the RP25 wheels, and so it will not run on code 83 track. I don't know if they all were like that or not, so I am just giving you a heads up that it could be an issue.

    • October 6, 2018 9:20 PM EDT
    • Too bad they won't pass for Christine.

      http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=135780

    • October 6, 2018 8:26 PM EDT
    • Hey Y'all;

      Rock Island passenger train book arrived in mail today. I sort-of model some Rock Island in HO, and a bit of "what-if" in On30.
      Had been meaning to get around to getting this for several years and finally decided might ought to while it is available.
      I'm going to say it is informative and useful.

       

      Not sure what modeling projects will come from it.
      But, 80-something year old fellow in model train club gave me an A-B-B-A set of F-something locomotives of recent production by Mantua in the full passenger paint.

      So, I totally blew my October budget getting this book and a couple 1/2 price HO scale Walthers Mainline passenger cars to re-decorate for RI.

      Would be fun to have both the health and income to do up a G scale train with mixed head end freight and piggyback cars and a dozen or so mixed heavyweight and lightweight passenger cars.

      [img]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1913/45096141202_b58d2fbba1.jpg[/img]

    • December 16, 2017 10:04 AM EST
    • Well my C&NW just showed up.  Will have to wait till after Christmas to evaluate and see what to correct.  Thanks Ted for your find and fix.  Later RJD

    • December 10, 2017 12:58 AM EST
    • FYI, For those concerned about AML's warranty, take heed:

      Shown below is the AML Warranty card supplied with each Hi-Cube car.

      AML Warranty Card in Hi-Cube Box Car

      Shown below is what happened when I attempted to use the AML Web site, trying to locate the most likely place to register the warranty info. - to avail!

      AML Web site attempt to register fails

      Having confronted this, I contacted AML by phone and talked with "Charles".
      To paraphrase, he said the factory used an old card, and the 10 day limitation is not critical.  He said to use the card with the car, purchase, etc. info. filled out on it and mail the card to AML in Union City, CA.

      It's probably best to make a phone call of your own to AML so you won't have any problems.

      -Ted

       

       

    • December 9, 2017 11:42 PM EST
    • Ted,

      Great idea on using the spreader spring to correct the Pidgeon toe" effect on the side frames. I have used a similar but much larger spreader on my 1-1/2 inch scale trucks. both arch bat and Bettendorf.

    • December 9, 2017 8:55 PM EST
    • Paul,

      Sorry for my delayed response.  I had to figure out how to see the private message here on LSC.  On MLS, you get an alert email.

      -Ted

    • December 9, 2017 8:50 PM EST
    • Thanks Ted,

      You have covered what I have found on the new cars.   

    • December 9, 2017 8:29 PM EST
    • For those that may be experincing wheel drag on the AML Hi-Cube cars.
       
      This has happend on other AML cars with the same type trucks (PS4750 and Bethgon hoppers).
       
      The truck's sideframes may not be parallel as they should be, which can cause binding against the axle tip and/or brake shoes.  There can be different methods for fixing this, but I ultimately chose to make a "Side frame Spreader Spring" that fits between the two side frames to straighten them out.

      AML Roller Bearing Truck Spreader Spring Fix

      For more detail, see "vignette" title, "Optimizing the AML Metal  Roller Bearing Truck"

      -Ted

    • December 9, 2017 8:16 PM EST
    • "...Still waiting on mine.  Ordered a week ago a from RLD must be the road name I ordered may have not showed up..."

       

      Don't despair,   probably dozens of other orders placed previous to "...a week ago" !  

       

      doug c

    • December 9, 2017 7:59 PM EST
    • Still waiting on mine.  Ordered a week ago a from RLD must be the road name I ordered may have not showed up.  Later RJD

    • December 9, 2017 3:19 PM EST
    • Ted, I just sent you a message.

    • December 9, 2017 3:13 PM EST
    • Just some preliminary observations.

      Shown below are the boxes that the cars came in - just like Paul described.

      AML Hi-Cube Boxcar Boxes

      Shown below is the TTX car.

      AML Hi-Cube TTX Boxcar

      It looks to me like the mounting pad on the car underside is intended for using AMLs body mount coupler assembly in that the pad is a bit too low to the railhead if attempting to mount a Kadee 906 assembly - the "G" type I use.
      (The AML coupler is not truly centerset; its knuckle has an upward offset.) 

      I found this to be the case with AML's wood side Reefers and had to compensate for that when using the Kadee 906 centerset coupler.

      Shown below is the AML truck mount coupler compared to the Kadee gauge.  Aside from it being low to the railhead, notice the knuckle itself has an upward offset that is the same if using the AML body mount assy that the factory provided with the car.

      AML Hi-Cube TTX Boxcar Truck Mount Coupler

      Shown below is the car's factory weight.

      AML Hi-Cube TTX Boxcar Factory Weight

      -Ted

       

    • December 9, 2017 11:02 AM EST
    • First thoughts.  I received my four cars yesterday.  They come packaged in plain white boxes.  Only a stick on label on the end to identify whats in the box.  Ok with me if it keeps cost down.   The cars are really nice looking.  Good detail.  I did notice right away that one axle on one of the cars is not turning freely.  I will check that out later, most likely and end cap too tight.  Just something to be aware of.  I hope to do a Kadee #1 scale coupler conversion shortly.

    • December 8, 2017 8:38 PM EST
    • Ted Doskaris said:

      I received 4 Hi Cubes today - purchased from RLD.

      1 SP, 1 BN green, 1 Wisconsin Central, 1 TTX

      -Ted

      You may host your findings with these cars directly here on LSC if you wish Ted !

    • December 8, 2017 1:28 AM EST
    • It will be 'interesting' to see if they will  be spotted rolling north across the 49th previous to  04/14/18  for acquisition (during ST'18)   by our Cdn. railways with the 'capacity',     but not the $$$ to pay for the (deal cribbling) combo of international shpg & exchange rate,  from us-based sources.  

       

      nite,

      doug c

       

       

      p.s. ted; lookin' forward to your upcoming 'hi-cube' themed vignette in upcoming months...

    • December 8, 2017 1:09 AM EST
    • I received 4 Hi Cubes today - purchased from RLD.

      1 SP, 1 BN green, 1 Wisconsin Central, 1 TTX

      -Ted