Clapham Junction couple
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Several trains and non of them going our way!
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 ?
Answer by Terry F
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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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.
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:
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