Couplers trip pin

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  1. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    I just bought 2 new box car and the trip pin is too low. It keeps getting snaged on the magnets or the turnouts. How do you bend them? Will a needle-nose plier work?

    Thank you
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Kaddee makes a nice trip pin adjusting plier set. The lower jaw has a "U" shaped cross section, the upper jaw is a round pin. Also, the upper jaw is stepped and the lower jaw tapered so tha it will work for ho and n scales, I don't know if the largest size is for O or S. If you want to use a needle nose plier, you will need two. One grips the pin right at the base where it attaches to the nuckle, and the other one grabs near the end and then you bend the two towards each other.
  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    I use my needle nose, make sure you support the K D firmley. I never have a prob.

    Cheap and cheerful thats me, or is it tight fisted son of a gun?:D
  4. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    Thanks a lot!

    Now, what's the chance I can "brake" the couple if I use two needle-nose plier?

    And should I remove the coupler from the car before?

    Thanks again
  5. interurban

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    Only if you are Chicken:D :D :D :D :D :D :D .
    It`s all in the way you hold car and coupler.:p
  6. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    Don't want to break it!:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :p :p
  7. jon-monon

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    Nawwwww, it's how ya hold your mouth :D :D :D
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    There is a way to raise the pin using one set of needle-nose pliers. You hold them sticking straight out from the car and put one jaw on the pin where it sticks out from the top of the coupler and the other at the bottom of the pin. Then squeeze. Very gently. Oops, too far. Now use the pliers across the pin where it's bent too sharply and gently squeeze it to a wider radius.
    Yeah, I can do it now without too much trouble, but I also bought the tool.
    Have you checked -- Are the couplers themselves at the right height?
  9. CN1

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    No! Some of them are too low! Dhu! My mistake. But some of the "trip pins" are too low
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Perhaps we should mention the importance of using the coupler height gauge to set the height of the coupler and trip pin :D
  11. interurban

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    As jon said its the only way to decide which type of coupler will do the job , there are many types:D ,,,,,,, and the trip pin can still catch the rail at the turnout.:rolleyes:
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    One trick I use on all of my Kaddees is to bend the last 1/8" or so of the trip pin up. I have all of my Kaddees set with the coupler height gauge, but since I run in a modular club, I can't count on all of the grade crossings or other hazards on other members modules being below rain height as they are supposed to be. With the very tip being bent up like a letter "J" the nose acts like a ski to lift up and over any obstruction rather than digging in and causing a derail.
  13. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

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    Thanks for all your great info. I'll be working on it soon.
  14. Javern

    Javern New Member

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    unless you use some sort of magnetic uncoupling device, under track or a tool what purpose are the pins? I cut mine off