Are the pins on my Kadee's really needed?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by LIRR, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. LIRR

    LIRR Member

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    You know them, those ugly pins hanging under the couplers, they look like crap and probally smell like it too, I havent checked that one out yet but its on my to-do list. Now onto the question, I have a few cars converted to knuckles and those little pins annoy the everloving crap out of me because im stupid like that. I dont use uncoupling magnets and i've been thinking about giving them the chop. Are there good pin-less knuckle couplers on the market? All the ones i've seen are the static non operating kind.
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Many veterans (I'm slowly getting a round tuit :rolleyes: ) are simply snipping the pins off and operating them like the prototype...sorta. By inserting a sandwich pick (those really long toothpicks with the colorful celophane hairdoos) and twisting them clockwise, you have a very effective and easy to use uncoupling device. The reason I've been so slow about it is nostalgia...Kadees were the bomb in '72 when I first started and I've kinda grown used to the pins. However, if my trains snags one more grade crossing or prematurely uncouples over a ramp one more time.... :mad:
  3. Dick Elmore

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    They're only neccessary if you want automatic uncoupling. Kadee went to a lot of trouble to make them that way. they made them longer and bent them outward for two reasons. One; to make them uncouple better and two; to make them look a little like air hoses so they don't look quite so non-prototypical. To each his own!!! Some people actually like the "NMRA"
    couplers best. Go figure.

    Dick
    Texas Chief
  4. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

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    It's your railroad. You can do what you wish. They are designed for use with uncoupling ramps and magnets. If you don't use them, cut at will.

    As for me, I adjust them with the Kadee coupler gauge to the proper height and keep them. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.
  5. Blake

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    That works fine, just make sure that you won't be needing them somewhere down the road. I checked, they smell like steel. Cold Rolled low carbon I believe.
  6. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Paint them flatblack with a silver tip and they will look alot more like an airline.Or just chop them off and forget about the auto-uncoupling.
  7. LIRR

    LIRR Member

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    Im probally gonna snip them off now, thanks all, im not big on automatic uncoupling anyway.
  8. trainking49

    trainking49 New Member

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    I am having uncoupling troubles myself with them.
    I am going to cut a few off and see how they work.
    Will let you know how i make out.
    Ralph