Wagon brake gear arrangements

nberrington
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Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby nberrington » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:22 pm

Greetings all.

Can anyone point me to a "catch all" reference for various brake gear arrangements of grouping and RCH wagons? It seems to be the one thing given the least attention on RTR models and kits, that seem to revert to some kind of universal underframe. Wanting to "get it right" can be a challenge sometimes. Fair enough to find photos of each example, but perhaps someone has done a series of line drawings with circles and arrows for dummies like me.

Regards

Neil

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Tim V
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Re: Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby Tim V » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:32 pm

There was a series of sketches in an old Model Railways, can't find the reference to it.

The Geoff Kent wagon books contain some hints.
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Re: Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby Wizard of the Moor » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:18 pm

'Getting the best from plastic wagon kits' by Iain Rice has some good sketches of various types of wagon brakegear.

Good for visualising what bits go where and how it works, but a bit lacking in dimensions.

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Re: Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby Flymo748 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:35 pm

Chris Crofts' series of scratchbuilding model wagons in Model Railway Journal starts with two articles on the full anatomy of how prototype wagons are built. I know that it covers many types of brakegear in it. You need MRJ number 12 and 13 if I remember correctly.

I've just sent copies down to a mate in Bristol who is restoring a Midland Railway D299 wagon on the Avon valley Railway. He's very keen to learn exactly what the correct component names are, and how they fit together.

If you need more detail than these have, you may need to collect the information from the various specialist books, like Midland Wagons by Essery.

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nberrington
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Re: Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby nberrington » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:11 pm

Hi Flymo

I found the Croft articles. You are correct - MRJ 13 has the break gear story. Excellent - just what I was after. Interesting how one can gloss over something, and not remember even reading it (albeit a few years back!)

Thank you!

Neil

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Re: Wagon brake gear arrangements

Postby craig_whilding » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:02 am

To be fair recent Bachmann wagons have been very good for their brake gear within the limitations of plastic moulding, the mineral wagons are quite accurate. Proper scale RCH parts for them are available through the stores though now.

Were there any other types of RCH brake gear you wanted details on, I have copies of most of the metal cutting drawings for the prototype i can refer to.


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