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Author Topic: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?  (Read 1055 times)

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2019, 01:23:01 PM »
It must have been infuriating so I'm glad you found the solution

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2019, 01:43:17 PM »
Yes, it was, my first experience with Dapol MkIIIís. However, I have had similar issues with others too, I should have known better than to  expect them to work first time!

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2019, 09:28:23 AM »
It ought not have been necessary to find a solution though. IMHO the answer to the OP is still yes! :veryangry:

I don't read stories of similar difficulties with Continental or US models.
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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2019, 10:14:02 AM »
Ah - but who wants an easy life?

Did I really just say that? :doh:

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2019, 12:20:32 PM »
I don't read stories of similar difficulties with Continental or US models.

Five minutes with Google shows plenty of folk on both sides of the Atlantic venting frustration at a range of coupling problems in all scales and including US and Continental models - including the likes of Kato, Atlas and Fleischmann.

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2019, 02:23:44 PM »
Modelling the Southern means most coaching stock is permanently marshaled as sets, so I keep mine in sets permanently coupled and stored on cassettes, this means less couplings to worry about, I also tend to keep rakes of goods wagons permanently coupled, I don't do much shunting.

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Re: Isnít it time that Dapol and Farish sorted themselves out with couplings?
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2019, 04:31:17 PM »
I don't read stories of similar difficulties with Continental or US models.

Five minutes with Google shows plenty of folk on both sides of the Atlantic venting frustration at a range of coupling problems in all scales and including US and Continental models - including the likes of Kato, Atlas and Fleischmann.

I can only quote from my own experience as owner of a rather silly variety of British, German and Japanese stock (and a smattering of North American) - I have a pair of Fleischmann coaches which refused to stay coupled together for some reason, which I solved by replacing the Arnold ones with Fleischmann Profi-couplings. Both were second hand, I suspect the coupling mechanism is a little deformed somewhere.

Apart from that, the only regular problem I've had is with Dapol Mk3s when trying to assemble a typical-ish 1970s/1980s WCML-ish rake (i.e. a mixture of Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3) - the only way the Mk3s will stay coupled is with external help.

While I'm sure I could find a combination of stock which doesn't couple well, a quick random test gives me following Frankenstein rake:

- 1990s Roco locomotive
- 1970s Kato container wagon
- recently released version of above (same tooling, new production)
- Dapol Gresley coach
- Lima Mk1
- Tomix "Scruffey" wagon from the Tomix series
- very dodgy GDR-era Piko 4-wheel coach (which I appear to have rewheeled with surplus Lima wheelsets, the original Piko ones being beyond awful)

which, surprisingly, runs around without derailing or uncoupling. When I get a moment I'll add a Mk3 to the mix and see what happens...
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It's made worse by the fact that neither Dapol nor Farish models with the Arnold-style coupler will uncouple reliably over ramps, though for different reasons. On many Farish itemsóespecially locosóthe coupling will not lift sufficiently (or at all). Couplings on Dapol items usually lift correctly, but cause the other coupling to lift also.

Another common failing is couplings which wander from side to side so that the "pin" underneath isn't correctly over the rampówhich needs to lift just one of the couplings.

Years ago Farish promised a magnetic coupling (whether it would have been compatible with Dapol wasn't clear) but it never arrived.

I sometimes think Bachmann must have something against remote uncoupling. Not only will the pocket on Farish stock not take Dapol couplings (if you've "made them fit, I'd like to know how) but they've produced OO models with the NEM pocket at the wrong height in the past, and locos which ground on uncoupling ramps (04 for example). Also AFAIK they are the only major manufacturer not to have uncoupling ramps or tracks in their range...

 

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