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Thread: Replacement Trucks/Couplers for Atlas 4 Bay Hoppers

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    So, after listening to everything you guys have said I have decided to change the trucks for MTL trucks with short extensions, these:

    Micro-Trains 00310041 - Barber Roller Bearing Trucks With Short Extension Couplers (1035-10)
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    I received the Hoppers from Steve (Aflica) this morning and they are excellent! So much so that I am leaving them as they are other than swapping out the Trucks with MTL 100 ton trucks. I am also leaving the 2 Bay Hoppers as is other than changing the trucks out for 70 Ton truck and adding metal wheel sets to both.

    Anyway, I put them all on my test track to see how they ran with the Accumates and the "slinky effect" was pretty obvious until the train got up to speed. Despite that, here is how they all look and run:

    https://vimeo.com/279951390

    And, some pics of the individual cars:











    Other than the trucks and wheel sets, I am very happy with these cars.
    Cheers Tony

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    Just finished swapping out the accumate trucks for the MT Trucks and it all went without issue, though, it isn't the hardest of jobs. The MT Trucks seem to roll much more freely and smoothly than the accumates; although, that may well just be my imagination as well.

    My ONLY complaint is the MT Trucks don't seem to like coupling to my Kato engines in the same way the accumates did. In order for me to obtain a "secure couple" I have to lift the engine and drop its coupler down into the MT Truck coupler. In short, I can't roll the cars onto the engine OR reverse the engine to couple with the cars.

    Anyone else have problems with MT couplers coupling with Kato couplers?
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    My Kato and MT couplers don't couple well either. I just have to make sure to put an atlas car between them
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    That seems to be the most logical answer so looks as though I'll be replacing "one" of the MT trucks with accumates that I just removed. Means that end of that car will always be the "lead car" but beats having to fight with the MT couplers connecting to the Kato ones

    Okay, I'm an idiot (again) just sunk in what you are saying ... thanks, you saved me a bit of work
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    I replace my loco couplers with MTs; they have scads of conversions available. You haven't gotten the full MT coupler experience (or pulled out all of your hair and gone blind) until you try to assemble one of these things.

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    Thanks for the inspiration, but think I'll pass on the full experience
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    I will gladly endure the "pain" of coupling a Kato loco to a MT car instead of butchering my Kato locos and installing those slinky, oversized, too long, MT coupler conversions. But that is just one man's (strong) opinion.

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    My Kato engines will remain "original" as well. The only couplers they don't seem to like are the MT's. Solution - don't couple an MT car to them
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    My Kato engines will remain "original" as well. The only couplers they don't seem to like are the MT's. Solution - don't couple an MT car to them
    Nah. Just "make it couple." It really isn't that much of an inconvenience..... Really.

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    Your absolutely right, it isn't that big a deal; none the less, I will be leaving one of my 4 Bay Hopper Cars with the accumate trucks and couplers, just to make life a little bit easier
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