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Simplifying body-mounting couplers

Read this N scale Insight column from the July 2020 issue
Jim added body-mount Micro-Trains Magne-Matic couplers to this N scale Model Die Casting (Roundhouse) shorty tank car using a Trainworx conversion kit.
Roen Kelly photo

Former editor Neil Besougloff used to accuse me of trying to convert all N scale modelers to using body-mounted couplers. He was joking – I think – but I’m not mounting such a campaign. For 90 percent of you, using truck-mounted, body-mounted, or a mix of both would make little difference. Your trains will run just fine.

Where body-mounts will make a difference is if you want to back long trains, say a dozen or more cars. The obvious place for doing this would be in a fairly large yard on a fairly large layout. Another instance might be a really major industry on a probably even larger layout. And even in those cases you can get along well – providing the tracks are straight.

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