Coupler solution

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Gil Finn, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    I have about 100 cars of varying quality with both horn and knuckle couplers.

    I found you can trim down horn types and they funtion fairly well but it is difficult connecting them.

    So rather than conver half my cars and engines, I took several cars and swapped couplers on one end so these will accoumadate anything. sign1

    Now I can mix them up for a frieght consist or make a whole coal drag with about 25 hoppers. Same with log cars and my Shays.
  2. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    I've done this with my passenger cars until I get around to changing them all over. I also have and Athearn F-7 b that I used as a conversion car, but to be honest I hardly ever use it since almost all my cars have been switched over to Knuckle couplers of some kind
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I'm right there with you Gil but what I did was set up a couple of locos with one magnetic and one horn hook. That way they can each run trains of one sort or the other. Obviously i can't do switching moves that invovle having the loco run around the train and pull out cars from the rear...but I have other locos that are fully equipped with one form of coupler or the other.
    Ralph
  4. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    A good cold weather progect for me nd saves time. I cant find one coupler that fits all the brans of cars I have.
  5. Jeffs_Railroad

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    Hi all - I have run into a similar situation with horn and Knuckle coupers on low quality rolling stock. Was going to convert the horn to knuckle but noticed that the rolling stock I have from 23 years back do not allow access to the coupler without doing damage, unless I replace the entire assembly. Would appreciate any suggestions. Do not feel the cars are of quality to replace, considering buying new rolling stock.
  6. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

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    I have super glued one coupler on a car several times and it seems to work OK if it only one end and independant of the trucks.