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Title: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on December 27, 2014, 10:55:58 AM
I have had quite a challenge trying to get the cars on my "Liberty Bell" train to couple together. They simply won't lock together? Laura at the office has twice tried to guide me through the process but I must be especially stupid because I still cannot get them hooked together? Is there a step-by-step guide available showing how to do this for dummies like myself? Are there easier couplers that can be used?

Mike Sherrod


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: Doneldon on December 27, 2014, 12:50:53 PM
ms-

What kind of couplers are you using and what kind of rolling stock do you have?
This information will help us give you a good answer. Otherwise, we'd just be
speculating and that's a recipe for failure.
                                                                -- D


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: jbrock27 on December 27, 2014, 01:06:06 PM
And BTW Mike, you should not post your email out here-you will subject yourself to spammers and other unwanteds picking up your email address.

Are the couplers you have shaped like the hands on a GI Joe?  Like how someone would hold a beer, only w/o the beer?


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: Doneldon on December 27, 2014, 01:12:29 PM
Are the couplers you have shaped like the hands on a GI Joe?  Like how someone would hold a beer, only w/o the beer?

Jim-

Really??? There are hands without beer in them? Where can I go to see this phenomenon?

                                                                                                                            -- D


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: jbrock27 on December 27, 2014, 01:23:38 PM
A place where they serve invisible drinks :D


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: Ken G Price on December 27, 2014, 10:11:54 PM
I have had quite a challenge trying to get the cars on my "Liberty Bell" train to couple together. They simply won't lock together? Laura at the office has twice tried to guide me through the process but I must be especially stupid because I still cannot get them hooked together? Is there a step-by-step guide available showing how to do this for dummies like myself? Are there easier couplers that can be used?

Mike Sherrod
Your cars may have the non opening couplers. If so then just lift the end of one car so the couplers can slip in too each other. 


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on December 31, 2014, 09:51:12 AM
I have the HO Liberty Bell Train. Yes they do look like a hand w/o the beer.


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: jbrock27 on December 31, 2014, 12:54:17 PM
Thanks Mike

Do they have a little metal spring on the coupler head near where they hinge?  Or just pastic?


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on December 31, 2014, 01:28:47 PM
Just plastic with a small metal stem shaped like a J hanging from each coupler.


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: jbrock27 on December 31, 2014, 01:40:41 PM
I would replace them with Bachmann EZ Mate Mark II couplers.  These should be drop in replacements for the ones you have and they will have a little copper spring instead of just plastic.  These are much better than the Bachmann version you have.

How is the height of the couplers as they are now?


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on January 01, 2015, 11:33:07 PM
Thanks so much. I'll get on the Bachmann web site and order some tonight. The height seems OK as the couplers (even with the metal stem that hangs down from it) do not touch anything as the train moves along.

Mike


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: Doneldon on January 01, 2015, 11:43:46 PM
The height seems OK as the couplers (even with the metal stem that hangs down from it) do not touch anything as the train moves along.Mike

Mike-

The main importance of coupler height is that couplers at the same height are much more likely to stay coupled than
couplers which are at different heights. If they don't match, they can detach due to the normal irregularities in track
or, especially, at the beginning or end of a grade.
                                                                           -- D


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on January 02, 2015, 05:30:37 AM
Got it. More of a common sense issue. It stands to reason, right?


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on January 02, 2015, 06:16:09 AM
I went to the Bachmann 2014 catalog and on page 121, I found the following choices:
EZ Mate Mark II Magnetic Knuckle Couplers with metal coil spring:
Item #
78021.   Over shank-long.
78022.   Over shank-Medium.
78024-   Center shank-long.
78025.   Center shank-Medium.
78026.   Center shank-short.
78027    Unger shank-long.
78028.   Under shank-Medium.
78029.   Under shank-short.
These all look like the couplers I already have but mine are black and the catalog ones are copper colored.
Also, a Ne coupler:
Item #
78035    New EZ Mate Mark II - Fits into standard European coupler pockets. Do I have the European version?

Most of these couplers come in packet form containing several couplers so I ant to make sure I get the correct Item # above for my train (The Liberty Bell Model).
Mike


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: Len on January 02, 2015, 02:07:00 PM
My '1860' style cars use medium center shank couplers.

Len


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: jbrock27 on January 02, 2015, 03:29:41 PM
Mike, what Doc said about the coupler height.  Hence my reason for asking that question.

Also, you can find the couplers by searching the net elsewhere for better prices.


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: msherrod@hot.rr.com on January 04, 2015, 02:08:12 PM
Ok, i'll go with the same coupler (Item #78025-Center shank medium).

On another matter, can you or anyone please tell me the proper order of model train sizes starting from the smallest to the largest?


Title: Re: Coupler problems?
Post by: ACY on January 04, 2015, 03:02:45 PM
On another matter, can you or anyone please tell me the proper order of model train sizes starting from the smallest to the largest?
T 1:480 3mm
ZZ 1:300 4.8mm
Z 1:220 6.5mm
N 1:160 9mm
TT 1:120 12mm
HO 1:87 16.5mm
OO 1:76 uses HO track
S 1:64 22.4mm (the same as Matchbox cars)
O 1:45 or 1:43 1.25in/32mm
Gauge I 1:32 45mm
Gauge II 1:22 or 1:24 2.5in/64mm
Gauge III 1:16 3.5in/89mm

I have the common US scales in bold. Every scale can have a narrow gauge variation such as On30. Standard track width is listed.