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Kato 10-1295 Eurostar Chassis Needed
« on: April 15, 2021, 03:32:25 PM »
I was putting my Kato 10-1295 Eurostar away recently and had immense difficult disconnecting the couplers.
In the end I managed to shear off the little pegs from the chassis - see attached photo.
Does anyone know the part # for this part? It isn't listed in the document that came with the set.
It's quite an old model now so I may not be able to get a replacement chassis even if I did have the part # to search with.
Has anyone had a similar issue and replaced the coupling? If so, how did you do that?
Thanks in advance for any information you can share.



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Re: Kato 10-1295 Eurostar Chassis Needed
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2021, 05:04:41 PM »
Yes, I had the same issue. What I did was drill out where the pins broke off and glued in similar-diameter short pieces of styrene rod. I suppose you could upgrade to metal rod for better durability, with the right glue.

Uncoupling these cars can require what seems like too much force sometimes. If there is a trick to doing it right, I don't know it and wish I did. It makes me reluctant to set up these otherwise great train models.

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Re: Kato 10-1295 Eurostar Chassis Needed
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2021, 06:45:30 PM »
Yes, if spare parts are not available, repairing the pins should not be too difficult.

As for the difficulty in uncoupling the cars, my Kato train sets usually come with instructions how to connect and disconnect them, and also with spare parts list.  What kind of documentation came with your set?

I have several bullet-train type sets from Kato and none of those are especially hard-to-uncouple.  While the coupling is usually done by butting the cars together, uncoupling often involves shifting the cars vertically to release the latch, or bending the coupled cars (as if they were traveling on a sharp curve) until they separate.

Maybe someone else here owns that set and knows a non-destructive uncoupling process.  I was also going to ask you to maybe post a photo of the couplers, but you need to have at least 25 posts under your belt to be allowed photo uploads.
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