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 Posted: Sun May 28th, 2017 08:39 pm
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You could tape a small flashlight to an uncoupling hook.
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" But am i wrong in that one would need good lighting (at night) for even Kadee couplers? "



Hi Helmut :wave:



I fiddled around on my old 1:24n3 car-builds, with 3 different coupler types.


1. Link n Pin - Russ Simpsons 1:24 Westside Lumber Company ones.

2. 'Realistic' Knuckle - Precision Scale 1:24 Brass 4-piece Castings.

3. Kadee Knuckle.


I like both the Russ Simpson & Precision Scale Couplers a lot.

The PSc ones were CRAZY expensive though, although my car production speed was slow.

The Russ Simpsons looked very nice for WSLCo. equipment.


In the end though, it was the chunky ol' Kadee 'G' scale couplers that made it on to the cars.

They didn't look brilliant on 1:24n3 'fine-scale' cars ... But they worked GREAT !



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Si,
much appreciated. while, for some tortuous reason, the link and pin or something of that type appeals to me I am probably going to go with Kadee.

Would you do 1 scale vs G scale to make the look a bit better?



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pipopak wrote: "Non-model railroading guests" and "link and pin couplers" do not belong in the same phrase. You are looking for endless frustration. IMHO they are only for the most dedicated (and steady-handed).


I agree fully with this.
Link and pins can be annoying even for people like us!



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But there are no uncoupling issues on grades, etc with l&p's.
Yep, a steady hand is needed...and a good stiff drink!

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..and a good stiff drink!
And throw Rule G to the wind!..
Cheers (hic) Jose!.



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Guys, what about good ole hook and loop? are they that difficult to uncouple? it seems they are, like the uncoupling device (homemade, pico uncoupling rod, whatever) would get stuck between the two hooks as you try to pull the cars apart?

just wondering due to reliability, and ran across TrainLi Proline S-Kuplix "loops". Anyone ever try using them?



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Hook and Loop?  Who would even consider such a thing?  You could get seriously hurt operating those things!

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Bob,
I know... But, they are there already.

I am seriously considering something that is very similar to yours or Kadee.

One issue I have is resale value, I do not want to hack up cars and then not have the gumption to finish a real layout and never use them (and need to sell them).

I will try hook and loop on the Christmas layou and see how I fare with that and then make my decision.

Just wondering if anyone has just stuck with hook and loop for operations.



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Hi Helmut,How about a chopper coupling like - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0ZGo_2OyFc
It's not quite link and pin but it does fit your time period :bg:



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