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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need experts on Coupler issue on: May 13, 2022, 09:38:46 AM

I am assuming you have real reasons for being concerned about the difference in the diameter of the bar that holds the coupler in place, though if I were the one dealing with this situation I probably would not have been bothered by this incident. The Kadee coupler can still go into place with this, and simply will be a bit looser in its disposition.

Yes, you could get your hands on any number of random substances that you could wrap around the pin to reduce the slack, it just takes some creativity.

I can understand not wanting to be inconvenienced by needing additional stuff for optimal experience, but what I am just now figuring out about HO is how inexpensive and widely availed HO stuff really is. You could just type "HO PARTS" into ebay and get all sorts of mixed lots of screws, couplers, and other various bits that can aid you in constructing the best performance possible for your rolling stock. Metal wheels are $2 instead of $25 like they are in G scale.

I am thinking you could also find some tiny loop that you can fit into place for the coupler, its anyones guess where you could get this.

If it were me, and my novice attitude, I would have just put the coupler on there and not cared about the slack but I am also not involved in delicate actions like switching yards or other prototypical stuff. Good luck.
2  Discussion Boards / N / I had a tiny 0 6 0 that I thought was never going to run again on: May 12, 2022, 03:59:31 PM
I had an N scale Bachmann Spectrum 0 6 0 with tender that failed me. I could not get it going even after cleaning things and lubricant.

It turns out that the problem was that I had messed with the little aluminum pickup strips which are attached to the body block halves of the locomotive, they brush against the wheels and I guess because I was a novice I cut one of them off and the other got crumpled. Once I figured out this was the issue, I took all the parts I had sitting for months in a plastic case, and reassembled everything.

I was shocked when she began chugging along. Happy was an understatement.
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