1.5" coupler suppliers

This forum is dedicated to the Live Steam Hobbyist Community.

Moderators: Harold_V, cbrew

DaveD
Posts: 130
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:54 pm
Location: Central Virginia

1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby DaveD » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:06 pm

Gentlemen, As usual I'm a day late and, in this case, many dollars short.

I'm ready to pull my P7 around a track to test its ability to navigate curves, so I need a front coupler. Barry at SuperScale tells me he just sold his last stainless steel couplers and plans no more runs. So, I need some advice. Does anyone have either the SS front pocket coupler or a regular-length version (I can shorten for the front), or both since I will be needing both eventually anyway? Lacking that, who to best purchase from? Railroad Warehouse advertises both stainless and cast iron couplers, and is Barry's recommendation for stainless. RRW is extremely expensive with its stainless coupler, $210, versus its cast iron version, $35. Plus, their stainless coupler doesn't appear to be nearly the quality of the SS version. I feel that I could get away using the cast version, at least for now, and hopefully find a better one later. Also, it doesn't appear that the cast version has a trip mechanism built into it.

Thanks for your assistance, as usual.
Dave Dalton

Steamingdanny
Posts: 156
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:34 am

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby Steamingdanny » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:14 pm

Tom Bee

User avatar
ccvstmr
Posts: 1453
Joined: Sat Jan 04, 2003 10:37 am
Location: New Lenox, IL

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby ccvstmr » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:29 pm

I was going to say, Tom Bee...but someone already beat me to that. Mercer Loco Works (aka Dave Sclavi/Trainman) used to sell a short shank cast manganese bronze coupler, but I don't know if he's ready to re-introduce that variation. You could always get a loop shank coupler and simply remove the loop. You didn't say whether you needed the pilot beam coupler pocket or whether the pocket was already a part of the pilot beam. Carl B.
Life is like a sewer...what you get out of it depends on what you put into it!
I don't walk on water...I just learned where some of the stepping stones are!
I love mankind...it's some of the people I can't stand!

User avatar
John_S
Posts: 669
Joined: Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:21 pm
Location: Cumming, GA
Contact:

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby John_S » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Third-ing the Tom Bee recommendation. His steel couplers are fantastic.
http://www.islandpondrailroad.com/tombee/newcplr.htm

User avatar
Trainman4602
Posts: 3130
Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2004 9:26 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby Trainman4602 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:49 pm

I have the short shank version patterns at the foundry now. They should be ready some time at the end of march

I won't mention the price on this forum but I can guarantee that no one will beat my price on them.

I have the cast iron front mount pocket as well.

BTW I will be re introducing the top lift kit as well as the bottom opening kit.
Attachments
016.JPG
ALLWAYS OPERATING MY TRAIN IN A SAFE MANNER USING AUTOMATIC AIR BRAKES

User avatar
hottshot65
Posts: 75
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:25 pm
Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby hottshot65 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:09 pm

Hi Dave,

Glad to hear you're going to offer top lift kits. When do you think those will be available? I'm doing a locomotive build right now and plan on going with Mercer couplers. In fact, I was wondering just the other day if you were going to offer top lift kits.

I like your couplers...they look good and I have some that could very well be older than me and are performing as good as the probably did when they were new.

Gerry Kopiasz
Gerry
Council Bluffs, IA

0-4-2 Chloe
Burlington Northern 7188

User avatar
Pipescs
Posts: 1763
Joined: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:16 pm
Location: Lester Alabama

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby Pipescs » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:13 pm

BTW I will be re introducing the top lift kit as well as the bottom opening kit.


Can you explain this to a newbeeee
Charlie Pipes
USMC Retired

Current Projects:

2.5 Baldwin 2-4-2/2-4-4/0-4-4 Conversion (What ever)
Little Engines American Restoration
Bobber Caboose

User avatar
PRR5406
Posts: 568
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:12 pm
Location: Eastern Maine

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby PRR5406 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:36 pm

Charlie, it is the location of the pin that triggers the sprung knuckle of the coupler. Some have pins on top, other underneath the coupler.
Depends on how you wish to activate them.
"Always stopping my train, and risking my ankles, with American made, New Balance sneakers."

User avatar
VO4454
Posts: 169
Joined: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:12 am
Location: NorCal

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby VO4454 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:44 am

Charlie, to answer your question with pictures, while trying not to hi-jack Daves' thread, here are some pictures of my front and rear couplers.

Vic
Attachments
GS-4 Tender coupler cut lever.JPG
Bottom release linkage
GS Coupler bottom release mechanism.JPG
Bottom release link, pivot and coupler knuckle lockplate
gs Pilot 5.jpg
Top release coupler and cut levers
For Duty and Humanity

DaveD
Posts: 130
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:54 pm
Location: Central Virginia

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby DaveD » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:05 am

VO4454 wrote:Charlie, to answer your question with pictures, while trying not to hi-jack Daves' thread, here are some pictures of my front and rear couplers.

Vic, no concern about hijacking this thread. I'm learning from all this also.
Who made those gorgeous couplers pictured in your post?
Dave Dalton

User avatar
VO4454
Posts: 169
Joined: Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:12 am
Location: NorCal

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby VO4454 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:49 am

Dave, They are Super Scale couplers. It is too bad Barry will not be offering them any longer, but then again Daves' old Mercer couplers are nice, so I am sure his new ones will be as well.

Vic
For Duty and Humanity

Spiner
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:23 pm
Location: Chicago, Il
Contact:

Re: 1.5" coupler suppliers

Postby Spiner » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:35 am

I can say that in my experience Tom Bees couplers not only have a beautiful finish they are a very high quality iron. I had to machine the shank to match an existing coupler pocket on my tender and had a difficult time machining it with a Carbide Indexable End Mill. I was very suprised at how hard the iron was.


Return to “Live Steam”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], JohnK, Pipescs, timmy wheeler, TimV and 13 guests