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Thursday, August 15, 2013

NYC F7B Coupler Conversion

Greetings Blog Followers,

This past week saw the New York Central Train Layout shop forces and train crews work together to install a Kadee #452 Close Coupling Conversion kit to a Bachmann F7B TWICE!! Here is the story...

The C.E.O. of the N.Y.C.T.L. is a member of a group of world renowned model railroaders who participate in a friendly ONE THING DONE challenge. On the day of the challenge the N.Y.C.T.L. decided on converting a Bachmann F7B with a Kadee #452 kit. Having two Bachmann F7Bs on the roster the train crew quickly delivered #2457 to the shop crews for the conversion which needed to be completed in a single day. The 2457 is a non powered (dummy) unit and will see action in a NYC F7 A-B-B-A consist with the other three units powered. After a judicious amount of filing the shop forces completed the installation and a train crew was summoned to test the locomotive. The B unit was then coupled up between two A units and road tested. The B unit performed flawlessly and the train crew headed to Terminal Yard to pick up NYC powered B unit #2443 to make up the A-B-B-A consist. The train crew then noticed that the 2443 had never been converted with a close coupling kit. OOPS! 

The N.Y.C.T.L. shop crew was notified of the situation and rightly decided that the powered unit should  receive the conversion kit. The entire consist was delivered to the shop and the close coupling conversion kit was then installed on the 2443 and the 2457 reverted back to the factory installed couplers.  


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