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    Seem to have trouble uncoupling particularly when BROADWAY LIMITED or BACHMANN
    locomotives are coupled to KATO OR CONCOR passenger cars. My trackwork is pretty
    good. Any advice would be appreciated

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    Can we have a bit more information? Are you looking to pick uncouple or auto uncouple? Does all the equipment have their stock couplers?
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    Are you having unwanted uncoupling issues-? You commented: "My trackwork is pretty good." This is leading me to think that. If this is the case - what, where and when is the uncoupling occuring - ?
    A little more info would help. Photos-?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03corvette View Post
    Seem to have trouble uncoupling particularly when BROADWAY LIMITED or BACHMANN
    locomotives are coupled to KATO OR CONCOR passenger cars. My trackwork is pretty
    good. Any advice would be appreciated
    I can't vouch for Con-Cor, since I only own one freight car of theirs, but I have noticed that the factory couplers on ALL Kato locos and cars are BELOW standard Micro Trains coupler gauge height.
    I know a lot of people complain about Kato couplers not being very reliable, I think that is actually due to their height rather than the way they are built.

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    I've noticed, since reading this thread, that many of my engines/rolling stock do not like being coupled to another engine or piece of rolling stock that isn't the same brand/make.

    All of my Micro Train cars couple nicely together BUT, attach them to a NON Micro Train car or engine and they are a pain to uncouple. That is not to say they don't remain coupled or don't couple properly, quite the opposite in fact - once coupled, they stay coupled!

    My Kato engines couple and uncouple perfectly when attached to another piece of Kato equipment but not so much when attached to other brands other than Micro Train rolling stock where I haven't noticed any significant issue. Granted the Micro Train couplers are a touch higher than the Kato's but not so much so that there is an issue with them. Bear in mind that I only have Kato and or Micro Train rolling stock.

    My BLI sometimes likes the Micro Train rolling stock and other times doesn't. My one and ONLY Bachmann doesn't seem to care what is attached to it, it's still hit and miss if the engine will keep running or not derail anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    I can't vouch for Con-Cor, since I only own one freight car of theirs, but I have noticed that the factory couplers on ALL Kato locos and cars are BELOW standard Micro Trains coupler gauge height.
    I know a lot of people complain about Kato couplers not being very reliable, I think that is actually due to their height rather than the way they are built.
    Thanks, this makes sense, did not think about the height

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intermodalman View Post
    Can we have a bit more information? Are you looking to pick uncouple or auto uncouple? Does all the equipment have their stock couplers?
    All equipment is stock and I am speaking about unwanted uncoupling

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    I'd start out checking the height with a MT No 1055 height gauge.

    These are widely available and if you have a local hobby shop, they should have one. Check all of your cars and engines with this gauge, per the included instructions. If some are off, adjustments will have to be made.
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