Post by zscalehobo on Oct 31, 2016 14:56:57 GMT -5
As Rob A said on another thread: "Regarding body mount trucks: Take a look at the P42. This may be the way of the future for AZL. Your feedback is welcome as always."
I received my dealer shipment on Saturday for pre-orders. Since z.scale.hobo tests all locomotives before sending them to customers, I got an extended look at a 63502 Phase V P42.
Here is the locomotive overall side shot:
Here are some shots of the P42 coupler with the locomotive on its belly:
Shots of the couplers while on track:
Compared to one of the Superliner coaches: Seems there is no auto-latching. I had to couple manually. This shot is just prior to coupling:
This shot is with the P42 (left) successfully coupled to the Superliner coach (right)
I was not able to do extensive testing in loops due to time constraints, but it seems that the locomotive's coupler is not spring loaded and it did not move very liberally. If you rotate it by hand while off track, it stays put. May not be a problem for running, but this is merely my observation.
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2016 14:58:14 GMT -5 by zscalehobo
Frank Daniels z.scale.hobo, a Noch "Top Dealer" Irvine, California, USA www.zscalehobo.com
Hi John, The couplers are body mounted on both ends of the P42. And these P42's will round a 145mm radius without any problem. (Whoo whoo! They make it around the inner loop of my Truckee Layout!) The Superliners have truck mounted couplers and bind when rounding the 145mm curves. I'll check into modifications to the Superliners trucks for 145mm curves and see if the couplers stay connected as well. But as of now, I'm super impressed with these P42 locomotives and Superliners. The P42's run strong and smoothly. And the interiors of the Superliners are very well crafted. So well, that now I'll need to go in there to paint the seats and carpet! Oh, and add passengers too. Bill Mock
So with a little sanding to knock off the corner of the coupler boxes, the trucks gain a few more degrees of rotation. And that's all it takes to get through my 145mm curves. So now the Amtrak California Zephyr can run through Truckee. Bill Mock
Last Edit: Dec 6, 2016 22:25:10 GMT -5 by billmock: Image Edit
It's now summer here in the Sierra Nevada's and the popular Amtrak California Zephyr is making its run over the famed Donner Pass. I added a Marklin Baggage Car to create a bit more realistic look to this train.
Last Edit: Aug 2, 2017 12:18:17 GMT -5 by billmock