LGB Tram Trailer Couplings

dunnyrail

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
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I have decided to use a couple of these as a Trailer Cars for my Battery Railcar, 2 Red and Creme ones will go nicely with the Railcar Livery and be a bit like some pics I saw of Electric Bogie Railcars hauling Tram Trailers. But first one of the cars had the older type of Couplings. I sometimes find these tricky to uncouple so tend to use them where uncoupling will not be required. Thus the two cars selected will be permanently coupled together with newer Couplings at the other end. This did not quite pan out as expected see later! LGB Tram Trailers have been in production for many years now and the originals had the High Hook with a Coil Spring as shown in this pic.
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I dug around my sundry store of Trams in the loft and found a donor with the more up to date Couplers and robbed out 1 to fit the end of this car. The other car already had the newer type so was to be fitted one end with the older one. Here can be seen the two types.
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Fitting the newer type on the older car was not so simple as the Arm that the coupler attaches to is too long to fit under the End stocks as seen below.
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In the end the revised fitting worked but it was discovered that the newer type Couplings are not that happy running on my line due to the amount of Flop that they have causing decoupling where only 1 hook is present. Even my method of dropping the loop by 30 thou fell foul in this case. So it was swop round with the 2 newer type Couplings in the centre of the two Trailers (no decoupling with the 2 Hooks) and the older type at the Outside. Perfect running and no problems uncoupling with only the one hook.

A couple of pictures out on the line Testing today, first at Silberhutte and then at Alexisbad where the uncoupling problems prior to the swop round manifested themselves.
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tramwayknowledge

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I take it that it was this that inspired you; Innsbruck c1980. I loved this set - it reminded me of a proud mother duck with two cheeky ducklings scurrying along behind.
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dunnyrail

dunnyrail

DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
25 Oct 2009
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St.Neots Cambridgeshire UK
I take it that it was this that inspired you; Innsbruck c1980. I loved this set - it reminded me of a proud mother duck with two cheeky ducklings scurrying along behind. View attachment 247944
Could well have been but I think that there may have been others similar to this one. Those Trailers are former Steam Tram Trailers that were retained when the line was Electrified and used to be used on the Innsbruck Lokalbahn line to Hall in Tirol which sadly closed in 1974. I often wonder how many Trailers there were at closure and if any of them survived. Certainly they were lovely little iconic Trailers.