Removing Couplers

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kajovog
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Removing Couplers

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I got my first 35.5 mm (16M) Chassis. I am planning to make the chassis into kind of Trolley so I want to remove the couplers. When I look at pictures it seems like you "hook" them on to the truck, I guess from the top. I took a quick look at the chassis and It seems like I need to disconnect the trucks (removing the Tensions springs) and then I can "lift off" the couplers from the truck. Is that the right approach?

BR, KG

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dkightley
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Re: Removing Couplers

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Its simpler than that!!

To remove a coupler, all you need to do is simply gently push and twist it 90 degrees in either direction...and it will fall out!

You'll then notice that the coupler shaft has a small pin that sticks out facing down. When replacing the coupler, face the pin to either side, push in and twist the coupler so the pin faces downwards. I tend to remove the spring from the couplers and run without them....its helps keep trains on the track on tight & windy curves. The only downside is that it makes coupling on-track a bit more fiddly, as the couplings tend to end up pointing in any direction!
Doug Kightley
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