Replace Coupling on Engine

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by kvk, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. kvk

    kvk New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm not at all an HO hobbiest although my dad had a nice set when I was a kid I used to use at all. I have a simple question.

    My bro-in-law gave my son an old Santa Fe engine from when he was a kid to play with. He broke off one of the little plastic coupling do-dads. It looks like there's a little metal pin pressed into the engine body that holds it in; not a screw.

    Is it possible to replace this coupling?

    -Ken
  2. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Welcome to the Gauge Ken.
    The front couplers on the Mantua/Tyco F7s are as you described.
    I pull those pins by using a pair of needle-nose pliers and slightly twisting it as I pull it out.
  3. kvk

    kvk New Member

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    Does that imply that I can buy a new coupler and, if needed, a pin, at the hobby store?
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Parts for the Mantua/Tycos are not available anymore.
    You might be able to find a suitable replacement coupler at a hobby shop. I think Life/Like sells replacements that should work.
    A lot of modelers replace these couplers (horn hook couplers) with magnetically operated Knuckle couplers and have extras laying around.
    Usually the pin can be reused. If not I have replaced them with a small screw.
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    brakie Active Member

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    Does that imply that I can buy a new coupler and, if needed, a pin, at the hobby store?
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    You should be able to buy a replacement X2F coupler at your local hobby shop.The pin could be replace by a self tapping screw of the same size of the pin.