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Body-mounted couplers on auto racks

Read the N Scale Insight column from the November 2017 Model Railroader

When N scale got its start in Europe in the 1960s, its originators conceived it in the tradition of toy trains, with truck-mounted couplers that could negotiate sharp-radius curves. Some N-scalers began switching to body-mounts after Kadee introduced its N scale knuckle coupler in the early 1960s. (Kadee split into two companies in 1990, and the N scale line became today’s Micro-Trains Line.) Converting was no easy matter, though, as you first had to assemble the couplers from kits. Assemb...

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