"CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

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"CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  rufuskins on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 11:07 am

What value would fellow train simmers recommend in the CouplingHasRigidConnection ( ? ) line of the coupling section of a WAG file?



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Re: "CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  dforrest on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 12:49 pm

Alec, as far as I know, the only way to activate this is with a value of 1.


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Re: "CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  rufuskins on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 1:38 pm

What I have found is that in some wagons and coaches there is NO CouplingHasRigidConnection line, and in others a value of either 0 or 1.

My limited understanding as learned today is that the value of 1 is used when the coupling is stiff; i.e. BAR coupling between engine and tender - stated in Richter's manual. I've also seen reference to the line being written CouplingHasRigidConnection ()!

I have used CouplingHasRigidConnection (1) in my recent coaches, whilst using CouplingHasRigidConnection (0) in my recent wagons. Obviously if I can avoid it I wouldn't want to have to go back and carry out too many changes unless absolutely necessary!


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Re: "CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  StephenRWells on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 3:58 pm

Hi Alec,

As far as I know what you have done is right as coaches normally have a rigid connection between them ( often labelled Automatic ), whereas older wagons with a chain coupling don't thus allowing some slack in the connection. Newer freight trains such as containers need a rigid connection as there isn't any play in the coupling.

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Re: "CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  ianmacmillan on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 11:24 am

I use the rigid line on fitted stock where the coupling would be screwed up tight to remove slack.
Doesn't seem to mater what the number in brackets is.

I leave the line out for unfitted.

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Re: "CouplingHasRigidConnection" line

Post  rufuskins on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 4:03 pm

Thanks for the comment, and I will therefore amend the line in my L&Y wagons to suit either their fitted or unfitted status.


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