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Glad-Hands

Post by ChuckHackett-844 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:01 am

Does anyone know where I can purchase 12 sets of glad-hands?

Something similar to these:

http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?tit ... dhands.jpg
http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?tit ... dhands.jpg

(I have emailed these two suppliers)

I know I can make them but, alas, "So many projects, so little time"

Chuck
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by cbrew » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:47 am

Hi Chuck, the email address listed with in the links provided is outdated for John Kelso.
he can be reached at soupac3907@gmail.com
if you continue to have issues. PM, i have his phone number.
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by SPSteam2491 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:53 am

Although I have not tried the performance of these, they look very similar to the old SuperScale ones. Be worth trying if you want to keep the scale look.

https://www.shapeways.com/product/BT698 ... d=62060030
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by cbrew » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:00 am

SPSteam2491 wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:53 am
Although I have not tried the performance of these, they look very similar to the old SuperScale ones. Be worth trying if you want to keep the scale look.

https://www.shapeways.com/product/BT698 ... d=62060030
as long as 2.5 scale is the scale you are needing.
That said, this guy should scale his down and have a set run. at 17 bucks each. and if they work with out braking. they will sell.

i have been running Johns glad hands for years with almost no issue. (still have glad hands in service from the very first batch)
the only issue is with the o-ring, will get stuck and tear if the left connected while the cars are in storage) my solution to that was to disconnect the hoses before storing the cars.
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by ccvstmr » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:07 am

Chris...ever consider wiping a little bit of silicone or Teflon grease across the face of the O-rings? Worth a try?

I've used the silicone grease on the small O-rings in Clippard quick connectors. Makes it a lot easier to thread the female fitting on the male fitting. Can get a tube of either material for under $10 that should last a long time. As usual, once you start with a material...you find other uses for it as well. Carl B.
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by cbrew » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:16 am

ccvstmr wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:07 am
Chris...ever consider wiping a little bit of silicone or Teflon grease across the face of the O-rings? Worth a try?

I've used the silicone grease on the small O-rings in Clippard quick connectors. Makes it a lot easier to thread the female fitting on the male fitting. Can get a tube of either material for under $10 that should last a long time. As usual, once you start with a material...you find other uses for it as well. Carl B.
I have and am worried about the grease collecting dust and grim.
I have found using a cup of water to dip the ends into will make then slick enough to connect but drys up so it does not collect dust and grim quickly.
I use the same Clippard quick connects on the other end of the tube with the glad hands, just remove to seal off the train pipe. :)
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by ChuckHackett-844 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:02 am

SPSteam2491 wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:53 am
Although I have not tried the performance of these, they look very similar to the old SuperScale ones. Be worth trying if you want to keep the scale look.

https://www.shapeways.com/product/BT698 ... d=62060030
The product page says "They hold 80 PSI with no leaks and the O-ring stays in place while uncoupling them till 25 PSI pressure."

This implies that the o-ring does not stay in place if they uncouple at above 25psi?

Since I run automatic air brakes with a trainline pressure of 40 psi it would seem that I would have to carry a lot of spare o-rings ...

Chuck
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by Joe Tanski » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:08 pm

chuck : look up live steam magazine November 1981 (A Successful air Hose Coupler) by Jack S. Edwards
drawing for coupler
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by ChuckHackett-844 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:59 am

Joe Tanski wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:08 pm
chuck : look up live steam magazine November 1981 (A Successful air Hose Coupler) by Jack S. Edwards
drawing for coupler
Joe
Thanks Joe, I'm sure I could machine them (and have my own design optimized for CNC machining rattling around in my head) but alas - "So many projects, So little time" and I still have to get ready for Train Mountain. :(

I'm getting some from John Kelso ...
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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by dnevil » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:40 pm

Thanks Chris, I've updated the page with John's new email address:

http://ibls.org/mediawiki/index.php?tit ... hine_Works

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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by Jawn » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:48 pm

I bought some of the Kent Bolerjack gladhands, I have not put them on a car yet but have done some testing with compressed air. A small amount of oil does help, but they seal nicely at my test pressure of 50psi and will disconnect readily if you pull on them whether pressurized or not.

My intention was to set up simple automatic brakes on my equipment and do without safety chains. Those gladhands should fit the bill nicely. Kent did mention he does use a small amount of cyanoacrylate adhesive to keep the O-ring in place.

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Re: Glad-Hands

Post by Short Line Tom » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:55 am

Done! :wink:

Working 1.5" scale gladhands (the shown scale is metric).
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