Can I use any couplers to couple all same scale model trains ?

Question by : Can I use any couplers to couple all same scale model trains ?
Can you couple horn hook coupler rolling stock trains to a locomotive with a knuckle coupler ?

I bought 3 new rolling stock ho scale freight cars and want to hook them to a new ho scale locomotive with knuckle couplers ?

I understand that some couplers are considered to be better or easier to use than others but I only plan on a 36 inch circular track so will all couplers couple on all same scale trains ?

Can I still use my new locomotive to pull my new freight cars even though they have different styles of couplers ?

If not, how difficult is it to convert a locomotive knuckle coupler to a horn and hook coupler to pull my horn and hook trains ?

Best answer:

Answer by Terry F
no

Get rid of the horn couplers and replace with Knuckle couplers. KADEE web site will tell you the model to purchase depending on the model of stck car purchased.

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HO Scale Model Train – Couple Questions regarding turns, grades?

Question by Infamous: HO Scale Model Train – Couple Questions regarding turns, grades?
Hello, I’m returning to model train crafting again, and I finally got a 13 foot x 9 foot in-door patio to work with, and I plan to turn at least half of the patio into a world.

Based on the size of the patio, I’m planning to turn the “large” sections of the patio into no more than 3-4 feet of plywood, leaving room in the center to stand and be able to reach across (since my arm length is about 2 feet). Some sections will have multiple heights (bridges, cliffs, etc).

Based on that description, here are a few of my questions;

1) How much feet (or maximum grade) will be needed to elevate the train for every 6 inches? (In other words, how long does the grade need to be to accomplish going up for 6 inches?

2) How much space is needed to accomplish a 180 degree turn?
3) What about a 90 degree turn?

4) Is there any wiki or online resource for getting these measurements or percentages?

Thanks in advanced! 🙂 This is a fun hobby.

Best answer:

Answer by Diane B.
Check out some of the model railroading sites and forums, or there are probably books on model railroading at the library.

Here are some possibilities online:
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+HO+model+railroad+grades
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+model+railroad+grades
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+model+railroad

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