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n scale couplers
Posted by johnbalich on Monday, May 3, 2021 2:01 PM

which couplers do you N scalers find best . are all compatible with kadees?

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 3, 2021 5:11 PM

johnbalich
are all compatible with kadees

Kadee left the N scale market decades ago when the company was split. Micro-Trains is the Kadee in N scale.

Micro Trains couplers are the best, and I do not know any N scalers personally that would use anything else.

There was an N scale coupler called the Unimate, it might still be available that had a T-shank to replace a Rapido style coupler. Back in the 1990s these were used on N-Trak layout because you could pull a 150 car train without coupler seperation with them. Micro-trains couplers could seperate if train length  exceeded 80 cars.

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-Kevin

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Posted by trwroute on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:58 AM

I agree with Kevin.  I use nothing but Micro-Trains / Kadee couplers.  I even convert cars that come equipped with a different knuckle coupler. 

I have used their couplers for close to 50 years.  I was converting Rapido couplers to Kadee before I was 10 years old!

Chuck - Modeling in N, HO scales and anything narrow gauge

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Posted by DSchmitt on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 1:33 PM

SeeYou190
There was an N scale coupler called the Unimate, it might still be available that had a T-shank to replace a Rapido style coupler

They are still available.  They are a "dummy" non operating coupler, useful in some situations,  that can be coupled/uncoupled to Microtrains, Acumate and other opperating knuckle coupler brands by hand.

I agree with others.  Best to stick with Microtrains.   Acumates are Ok with Microtrains but I feel not quite as good..

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

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