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Offline JHSvensson

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The Noobie Coupler Question
« on: September 03, 2019, 03:55:25 PM »
Graham Farish locos and coaches all come with Rapido styled couplers, from what I am able to determine. Does anyone convert these to Micro Trains knuckle couplers which are much more........not glaringly large?

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Re: The Noobie Coupler Question
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2019, 04:03:44 PM »
Microtrains have a much larger following in the US, where you can just get replacement "trucks" with them fitted, and you've not got buffers and associated paraphernalia to interfere. IIRC they don't do NEM ones (they certainly didn't), which makes converting UK stock much more awkward.

Dapol Easi-shunts are the obvious UK/NEM equivalent, a very similar implementation, possibly a bit more coarse, but still the same principal - a knuckle coupler worked by under track magnets.

Dapol also do a cosmetic "dummy knuckle" coupler which doesn't have the uncoupling functionality, but is much less visually obtrusive than either the rapido or the Easi-Shunt.

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Re: The Noobie Coupler Question
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 04:12:59 PM »
Ah Yes, I had overlooked the buffers issue. I will check the Dapol version.....which I just read about. :thankyousign:

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Re: The Noobie Coupler Question
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 04:24:01 PM »
All my stock uses easy shunts, even when they need converting because the stock doesn’t have NEM sockets. Have not attempted to convert a locomotive without a NEM socket but most seem to be NEM anyway these days.

They all work fine as well as looking a bit better.

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Re: The Noobie Coupler Question
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 04:27:58 PM »
Don't know what era you model, but the Farish 66 doesn't have NEM pockets. Probably an obvious one if you model modern image.

 

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