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    For me it is going to be something a little less interesting and more mundane, swapping out the accumate trucks on the new atlas 2 bay hoppers for 70 Ton MT Trucks.

    You don't really need to see pictures of that do you?
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    One down, 5 to go:

    Accumate Trucks off the Hopper:


    The new MT Trucks at the bottom, trucks that "look" more solid:


    New MT Trucks on the Hopper:


    I can tell you now, the MT Trucks roll much smoother and freer than the Accumates. From all appearances (and feel) the MT Trucks also have plastic wheel sets, at the moment. Changing them to the Metal ones will be done at another time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    For me it is going to be something a little less interesting and more mundane, swapping out the accumate trucks on the new atlas 2 bay hoppers for 70 Ton MT Trucks. You don't really need to see pictures of that do you?
    All around the country people are doing the same thing...

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    Although I am cheap when it comes to couplers so just putting Katos on these...

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    Mac,

    Might have to follow your lead with the Kato couplers or, put one set of the accumate trucks back on one of the cars and make that the "lead car" for connecting to the Kato engines. The MT couplers don't seem to like "mating with" the Kato ones.
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    The “family” has finally returned to home rails! @Ntrainz1 renumbered a few RS3s for me, relettered an Atlas VO-1000 to PRSL, and re-chassised an RS11.






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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Mac,

    Might have to follow your lead with the Kato couplers or, put one set of the accumate trucks back on one of the cars and make that the "lead car" for connecting to the Kato engines. The MT couplers don't seem to like "mating with" the Kato ones.
    On one of my switchers today I put MTL on one side and Kato on other to deal with that issue...

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    Thanks Mac, I'll most likely do the same except swap out one MT Truck for an Accumate Truck.

    Just out of curiosity though, how hard is it to swap out an MT Coupler for a Kato coupler? Just asking as I do like the MT Trucks and if swapping couplers isn't that hard, I'd probably do that instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Thanks Mac, I'll most likely do the same except swap out one MT Truck for an Accumate Truck. Just out of curiosity though, how hard is it to swap out an MT Coupler for a Kato coupler? Just asking as I do like the MT Trucks and if swapping couplers isn't that hard, I'd probably do that instead.
    It depends on the truck / coupler pocket.

    The Kato 11-702 couplers are intended to be generic / direct swaps for Rapidos. They are generally very easy to insert into older Rapido-equipped trucks / coupler pockets (the ones with the metal bendy clips that hold in the couplers). More difficult (impossible?) on couplers that are low profile (e.g., Roundhouse freight) or otherwise have a less traditional space for the coupler to insert into -- anything with a center pin/hole is going to be more difficult (e.g., as far as I can tell they do not fit into standard MTL or Accumate trucks or even on Kato engine couplers which usually have a small center pin and bracket-like back).

    They have kinda bulky inserts (the part that goes in the truck) so most of the time I take out the coupler spring since they often cannot move around anyway -- the shaft has some flexibility but nothing like the movement a Rapido or MTL w/ spring has).

    I think it is worth it to buy a 20 pack of Kato 11-702 (direct from Japan they are so cheap but ordering one pack gets inflated due to shipping -- although still cheap compared to MTLs). You may wind up finding a truck they will fit into that rolls well and swapping that onto your freight.

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    Spent a bit of time looking on Trovestar to try to figure out which of my TOFC cars are factory sets and which are made up. I guess it does not really matter too much but if they are all mixed up it is hard to build a collection.

    This is actually a pain since so many of these are not in Trovestar (at least searching by reporting number). Also some of these have had multiple different trailers matched with the same flatbed over the years. For example, these trailers and the Conrail flat car all seem to be factory.

    3x Conrail TOFC.jpg

    Anyway, going mostly by the duplicates I have here, the type of mounts on the tractors, the matching roadnames, and the limited number I could find on Trovestar - I think that the left picture has the factory matches and the right picture has the made-up units (including a few duplicates sideways).

    Factory TOFC Collection.jpg Made Up TOFC.jpg

    And these are my duplicates that I will trade or sell (couple of the ones from the made-up list are also here)...

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