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    • 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

    • December 8, 2017 12:48 AM EST
    • I have four coming tomorrow. 2 rbox and 2 S.P.   I see RLD is already showing the S.P. out of stock.  So,  if you are thinking of ordering, don't wait.

    • December 7, 2017 10:42 PM EST
    • "...I will  have these weathered in time to run at the Springfield Show in late January.."

       

      Yes 'please',  get those cars out on revenue service pronto :)

      Your pics imply so factory-fresh, they look toy-like !  (could almost be contenders for kalmbach's 'classic toy train' mag)  

       

       

      Glad to hear they finally made it out of the factory . . . .

      http://www.americanmainline.com/modelc/G411-01.htm

       

       

      doug c

       

       

       

       

      p.s.  after blinkin' eyes several times,  had to chk calendar make sure it was Dec.,  not april 1st)

       

    • December 7, 2017 10:04 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:
      Andy Clarke said:

      I have 10 of them sitting in my foyer (4 RBOX, 4 SP and 2 undec).. 

      We don't care!

       

      You are the reason supply is light ! Has nothing to do with demand only that your a train hoarded !

      That's hilarious!!

    • December 7, 2017 8:17 PM EST
    • Andy Clarke said:

      I have 10 of them sitting in my foyer (4 RBOX, 4 SP and 2 undec).. 

      We don't care!

       

      You are the reason supply is light ! Has nothing to do with demand only that your a train hoarded !

    • December 7, 2017 7:49 PM EST
    • Wow! Those look right in place with your ST power!  Reminds me of our modern intermodal runs on CAT.  

    • December 7, 2017 7:32 PM EST
    • can't believe they finally came

      xmas comes early!!!