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Offline Kelvin White

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MBA Megabox use
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:50:58 am »
I'm a new NGS member, and after a break of 40+ years have returned to British N scale modelling. This time era 9 - i.e. The last 10 years.

Farish produce the MBA megabox with and without buffers.
I presume those with buffers are used at the end of rakes, next to locomotives.

Do converter wagons exist? Or buffers at one end, buckeyes at the other?
Can buffered wagons be placed anywhere in a rake of non buffered wagons? Or do they have to go at the ends? Or next to other buffered wagons?

Finally I hate Rapidio couplings what options are there for fixed couplers and operating knuckle/ buckeye couplings.
MT - Dapol?

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 01:31:38 pm »
Welcome!

It was to do with when they were built, rather than inner/outer wagons. The original batch had buffers, subsequent batches didnít. Not totally sure if they run in mixed rakes, but AFAIK there arenít any Ďbarrierí wagons which are half and half.

For replacements for rapido couplings youíve got Micro Trains and Dapol Easi-Shunt. Dapol also do NEM dummy knuckle couplers which look good if you donít need any automatic uncoupling. If you want to leave rakes fixed there are various 3D printed bar couplings on Shapeways too.

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 02:08:07 pm »
Hello :wave: and welcome aboard Kelvin. :wave:

I have a rake of 5. I have buffered outers and unbuffered inners, using Dapol Easi-shunt on the outers and Dapol dummy knuckles on the inners. I do like to have prototypical consists, so I would have researched them at the time of purchase - :hmmm: 4 or 5 years ago now - so something online or in print compelled me toward this consist.

If you look on 'LTSV Wagons' at the series of photos starting #2200 ( http://www.ltsv.com/w_photos_view.php?photoid=2200 ) thru to #2208, you'll see a rake of 9 with buffered outers and 7 unbuffered inners.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2018, 02:09:39 pm by RailGooner, Reason: add LTSV Wagons link »
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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 02:11:56 pm »
Just watched a couple of You Tube videos and they are mixed, they did have buffered wagons adjacent to the locos, but a total mix within the train.

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 02:21:09 pm »
Hi Kelvin,

The bufferless MBAs can couple to each other and other buckeye-fitted vehicles such as HTAs, BRA/BYAs and Class 66 locomotives. 

If a Class 60 or other locomotive, with traditional draw gear only, is hauling the train then the buffered wagons must be used.

For the rakes of HTAs (coal wagons) now being used for aggregates, a BYA steel carrier is often used as a barrier wagon for non-buckeye fitted locos.

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 02:32:57 pm »
Just watched a couple of You Tube videos and they are mixed, they did have buffered wagons adjacent to the locos, but a total mix within the train.

 :hmmm: But not always mixed, as evidenced on 'LTSV Wagons'.
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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 02:50:45 pm »
Never said anything to the contrary. Benís offered a far better explanation than I have, so pretty irrelevant!

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 02:22:36 pm »
Thank you for your detailed replies - I've learn't a lot from the LTSV pages

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Re: MBA Megabox use
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2018, 10:27:37 am »
Quoting from "Wagon Recognition" by Martin Buck and Mark Rawlinson. The first 60 had buffers and swinghead knuckle couplers and the rest have only knuckle couplers. I have used bar couplers from Liliput, part number L949112 and find these more robust than the 3D ones which I find are brittle.

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