Reply to "What is the correct distance between boxcars/reefers?"

PRR 5841 posted:


Is there a standard distance between these cars?  If not, what would be typical?


There are AAR (ARA and MCB back when) standards involving draw head heights  as well as other car building standards.   The distance would reflect the type of draft gear and coupler casting being used.

This would be a great question to be asked on the Steam Era Freight Cars Group.  There is much expertise on there for factual answers for questions like this.    

Unfortunately the compromises of our larger life tight radius curves impact on what type of model draft gear and couplers we use.  

BTW anyone catch the road name on Rusty’s picture of the S scale cars?

Bet the fellow immortalized in one of those cars would have the answer to this question in 1/4” scale. 

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