One issue I had with the tabs right after I first switched over to them was with empty open hoppers and empty woodchip hoppers. I had to sit the tabs in the cars and this meant on the bottom of the cars.
May not seem like too big of a deal, but when the layout is set at 52", some of the crews couldn't seen into the cars, some had to stand on their tippy toes.
From my normal eye view
Standing on my toes.
This issue would pop up while staging and then during a session but was forgotten about soon after the session.
Well with the next session just around the corner, I decided to try and find a solution to this issue. I thought about making some sort of a bridge from plastic or wood that could sit across the top of the hoppers. I also thought about using some of poster putty to hold the tabs in place? All seemed to be more work than I wanted.
Last night I came up with a little something that might work?
I spied one of the clear plastic covers that come in the MTL jewel cases. The nice thing about this was it was clear and wouldn't stand out more than the tabs do.
So I cut a small section off and bent the ends down so they hung over the edges and placed the tab on top. Not bad, but kind of bulky and the tab wanted to slide a bit.
So I kept playing around with this. Pretty soon it hit me, let's make it narrower so the tab straddles it like they do over a roofwalk?
This seemed to work OK and it was much smaller, plus the tab couldn't slide around either.
So for now I think I'll give this a whirl and see how they ride throughout the session? And like Steven said, if anyone knocks them off due to some rough switching, I guess that crew earns a turn to wear the Asshat award.