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johnnyjt


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« on: August 16, 2008, 11:59:16 PM »

When will Bachmann be equiping N scale cars and locos

with prototipical looking knuckle couplers?

I think the time has come!

JohnnyJT      Cool
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Conrail Quality


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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008, 12:09:32 AM »

Supposedly, all new runs will have dummy knuckle couplers.

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Timothy

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Williamson

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 05:09:41 PM »

Everything Bachmann has been releasing in the past year or so has featured their "dummy" knuckle coupler.

There are better looking knuckle couplers in N scale but none of them actually look strictly prototypical.
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thirdrail

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2008, 10:36:57 AM »

Funny, virtually all the other N scale manufacturers can equip their locomotives and cars with working magnetic knuckle couplers, but Bachmann won't spend the 38 license fee (per Mr. Lee Riley) to do likewise. Having been in N scale since 1968 it's no skin off my nose, but the RTR crowd really expects a model that is ready to run and not one on which the couplers have to be changed out.  Sad
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big al

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2008, 11:04:15 AM »

I agree.  And changing out couplers/trucks is a real pain in the keester.  I have had a heck of a time finding trucks that fit the cars, and adding couplers to trucks or cars  is even worse.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008, 10:53:45 AM »

As for dummy knuckle couplers I pull them off right away and try to place MT's Micro Trains as quickly as possible ..

Tom
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GlennW

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2008, 11:02:10 AM »

One issue Bachmann may be dealing with is the amount of older Crapido product still in the pipeline. Hobby Lobby carries some extra rolling stock & trainsets that still have older product. The locos may not even be the "new & improved" versions. You can tell when the box has the same old packaging. I'd like to see Bachmann include a coupon to get the new knuckle couplers from the factory.

BTW the couplers seem to be oversize & may not match the MTL height. The problem is the Bachmann coupler may be too high on the shank.

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