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Coupler ID?
« on: January 02, 2013, 01:59:35 PM »
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Anyone recognize this coupler? I found it in my parts box, its 20+ years old.

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Paul



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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013, 02:03:49 PM »
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It looks like an Intermountain coupler.


Hmm... or a Roundhouse
coupler...


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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 02:04:09 PM »
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Intermountain.  Throw it out.
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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 02:05:38 PM »
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Well OK then...I like that it has no trip pin...

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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 02:31:10 PM »
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In addition to having no trip pin, it is non-functioning.  It has the appearance of the MTL coupler knuckles of the time period, but they won't automatically couple if you bump them together.
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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 02:32:55 PM »
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Well OK then...I like that it has no trip pin...

Thanks guys.

Paul

It also doesn't stay coupled.  Being a single piece design, that allows a wide enough spread to couple... it also has enough spread to uncouple just as easily.

They were sort of OK when coupled to some other coupler like MTL, but coupled to each other they would bounce apart regularly.
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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 02:33:49 PM »
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In addition to having no trip pin, it is non-functioning.  It has the appearance of the MTL coupler knuckles of the time period, but they won't automatically couple if you bump them together.

They would automatically couple if bumped... then uncouple when you didn't want them to.
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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 03:24:24 PM »
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I never had any problem with the roundhouse version that would drop in to replace rapido couplers. They worked quite well actually in keeping trains together. the intermountain version sucked when it its own trucks. At least thats they way it was for the tank car kit I built, sans the way-too-heavy weight.

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Re: Coupler ID?
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 03:40:17 PM »
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Yeah, those things are gnarly.

I think I might have one or two sets still in service, but they're rather finicky.