Coupling

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dr.5euss, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member

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    Hi,

    I have a model power wagon, with Rapido couplings.

    Is it worth me changing them to Micro Trains? Anyone done this?

    Thanks,
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    No problem doing it here as the cheaper N scale cars track much better then their HO counterparts, most likely because the difference in mass isn't as noticable in N.
  3. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member

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    Hi Shaygetz, thanks for the quick reply!

    Not entirely sure what you mean - is that a yes or a no?

    Thanks,
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Sorry:D ...that would be a yes.:thumb:
  5. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member

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    Oh right thankssign1

    I'm just thinking, my model shop has 30/40 wagons, all with the Rapido coupling. If I'm going to buy all of them (in due course:D), then maybe I should stick with them?

    How easy is it to change from Rapido to MicroTrains etc - does the whole truck need doing or just the coupler?

    Thanks,
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    George: there are actually 3 ways to do it.
    1) replace the whole truck or bogie.
    2) replace the coupling in the truck with a MT.
    3) chop off the coupling and mount and screw a MT to the floor.
    #2 is probably the hardest and the hardest to get the bits for. (I think they make a drop in replacement, but they may not be available).
    #3 may cause the car to require a larger turning radius.
    I found (25 years ago when I did N) that the pinsprovided had different sizes and there was a bit of slop for the MT trucks on original pins.
    My own preference is #3, but I found that some cars didn't have floors in the right place.
  7. Bill Pontin

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    George I found the cheapest way out, if you decide to go with the Micro Train couplers, is David's suggestion #3. I use Micro Train #1015s (short shank) and screw them onto the floor of the car. The short shank gives a more prototypical look. You do need a height gage to ensure the heights are correct, most of my replacements required no shiming. If you anticipate a layout with tight radii you might have to go to the longer shank version of the MT couplers. Try a couple to check and test it out. I replaced all my Santa Fe passenger fleet (18 cars) over a period of time by using a transition car, that is one with a micro train coupler on one end and leaving a rapido coupler at the other end.