american style couplers

american style couplers

Postby jmass » Sun May 23, 2010 10:21 am

has anyone tried to install american style couplers to thier european locos and freight cars? how much of a butcher job would you have to do to accomplic this.my reason for wanting to do this is once the gp38 and norkin sd45 are produced i would like to keep running my european stock as a shortline in new jersey that uses european equipment on its line and connects with norfolk southern and csx at different points.thats my long term plans.
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Re: american style couplers

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun May 23, 2010 10:59 am

What kind of couplers do you intend on using?
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Re: american style couplers

Postby jmass » Sun May 23, 2010 11:27 am

ide probly go with the kadee 714 style as i think it would look more realistic than n scale couplers. plus they would be easyer to work with.
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Re: american style couplers

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun May 23, 2010 12:09 pm

jmass wrote:ide probly go with the kadee 714 style as i think it would look more realistic than n scale couplers. plus they would be easyer to work with.


I use the Kadee #713/714s myself. I prefer to use the Kadee #713s as they are rust colored, which is what most couplers look like after some use. The #714s are black, which is fine, just not as commonly seen in the real world.

The hardest part is going to be getting the coupler to sit at the correct height. Possum Valley Models makes a great coupler height tool that is easy to use, if you do not have one, I would recommend getting one, as it will be of great help for this project.
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Re: american style couplers

Postby Zs12 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:19 am

I've bought some of these Kadee couplers and wanted to test these before the final installation. I wonder now, how do they work, especially how to uncoupling these without magnetic uncoupler? :eh:
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Re: american style couplers

Postby Marquette » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:36 am

jmass wrote:ide probly go with the kadee 714 style as i think it would look more realistic than n scale couplers. plus they would be easyer to work with.


Really? I find the Microtrains N couplers are closer to scale than the 714s... perhaps N scale Accumate couplers might be even better, but I have never tried these.
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Re: american style couplers

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:39 am

lüTTe wrote: especially how to uncoupling these without magnetic uncoupler? :eh:


From the few I have, uncoupling is done by lifting one car's coupler (the whole car) out of the other's. They don't open up for uncoupling :thumbdown:
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Re: american style couplers

Postby Zs12 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:47 am

That's precisely what I was afraid of. :evil:
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Re: american style couplers

Postby ctxmf74 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:11 pm

lüTTe wrote:That's precisely what I was afraid of


Some times it's easier to just lift the car end but they can be uncoupled with a small screwdriver, just insert it between the knuckles from above then twist till they open. It's the common KD method for most operator in all scales. On my TT cars I've clipped the magnetic "brake hoses" shorter and re-shaped them a bit so they don't work with magnets so screwdriver uncoupling is my only option. The N scale Kd's are oversize for N so are probably just about right for TT scale. They look plenty good enough to me....dave
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Re: american style couplers

Postby Zs12 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:35 am

I prompt tried it yesterday, and this method works well. Thx! Before, I was merely used to uncoupling from below or magnetical hand-uncoupling from above.
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