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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 04:46 pm
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All of my couplings on my rolling stock are standard tension locks.
Now i know there are other couplers available but it could prove quite costly and time consuming to change your entire stock to Kadees for example.
All Bachmann and Heljan rolling stock have the smaller tension locks fitted although not ideal they are smaller and less intrusive.
Now Hornby in the coupler area is a mess you can still buy new realease rolling stock that still has the large tension locks.
For example my son bought me a set of 3 planked coal wagons by Hornby for christmas they are lovely wagons but are totally spoilt by the giant tension locks. Now in reality its a waste of time complaining to Hornby as they wouldnt do anything.
So what i am asking does anyone know of anybody that does conversion kits or fitable nem pockets that you could put newer tension locks instead of these giant tension locks.
cheers Brian

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 05:01 pm
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Take a look at all the stuff in our Forum Index. As Bob would say: that's what it's there for. :wink: :D

Look under C for Couplings and you should find what you seek.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 05:35 pm
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I was a good boy and did look in the index first Perry
but unfortuanately it has only got kadee information at present in the coupler section
cheers Brian

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 06:05 pm
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Henry - I agree, those huge things are such a pain. I've been removing all the tension hooks. I've had a bit of a search for something similar to what you want, and the best I've found so far is this one : http://www.trainaidsa.com/kits/ribu_train.html Maybe you've seen it already. It's not cheap, either :cry: I certainly can't afford to be using this option.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 06:11 pm
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Brian,try http://www.mgsharp.com ithink i have seen nem pockets
on there, also i am pretty sure bachmann do them
check your mod shop.
(the pockets are in the kadee section at sharp. :oops: :oops:
:lol: :lol: 8)

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 06:26 pm
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Thanks for the links mike and owen
The link you posted mike is the right idea but as you said they would work out expensive actually probably more than kadees.
Owen the mg sharp site does kadees and microtrain couplers.
So i need to keep searching for a cost effective easy to do version or perhaps i could find a moulding from the plastruct range like rectangular tube that would have a internal size that would accept the 2 prong small tension lock then just affix that to the trucks that may be worth looking at.
cheers Brian
just found this havent checked sizes though
Try This Site

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bachmann mk2 coupling nem with pocket part no 36-031
10 pack= 2.75. :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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 Posted: Thu Dec 27th, 2007 06:49 pm
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Brian - try Modelspares at http://www.modelspares.com/ they have Hornby NEM couplings listed (10 for 3) and Hornby small couplings (10 for 3) which I think may be the Hornby newer ones which are similar to Bachmann. Not sure of the details but it could be worth checking - they are a helpful lot so it may be worth a call 01282 771109 - best in the morning.



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well i have just had a go at a diy coupling change and seems to work fine
heres some pics
first one as it is sold giant coupling


second one after my conversion i think it looks a lot better

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Now while my post isn't about converting, it is to point out a problem that has arisen regarding couplings.

My friend has a train of Bachmann VDA vans fitted with small tension locks & I was pleasantly surprised to see the swinging axles & couplings to allow such a long wheel based 4 wheeler to navigate less than 36" radius. He recently obtained a couple of Hornby  REA vans which too are long & swivel axles but fitted with the LARGE tension lock. He backed the train of VDA vans onto the REA, took off & they had coupled but going through some points into a reverse swing, the new vans at the back derailed. He checked wheels & they were OK according to NMRA guage, things swiveled OK but still derailed.

I then arrived on another matter & he still was not happy so I put on my glasses & watched. The problem was the intermixing of the two different sized couplings & loops - the  height was OK but the larger one's hook, did not catch into the smaller loop so going around corners, the large hook on the outside of the loop came into contact with the smaller loop on one side & caused undue pressure on the coupling & allowed the REA to derail. It seems OK if the hook of both are within the loop area but it requires hands-on to ensure this.  Full auto coupling of both hooks does not happen.

After viewing this, I then remembered at a BRMA meeting some time ago, one memberdid mention this problem & he took pains to make sure that a train was not made up of various tension lock couplings.

A good reason to change couplings tension locks so all are the same. Of course, he could have changed the lot to Kadee or some other style but....

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If your stock always faces one way a common practice is to remove all the hooks from one end so for example the left end always has just loops the right end always has hooks and loops, this overcomes the problems in Sols post. It also makes uncoupling easier if only one hook between stock is involved. Of course this doesnt work if you have a turntable !

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 Posted: Tue Oct 19th, 2010 01:52 am
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Thanks John, I had not thought of that & I will pass the idea on to him.

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