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    While I was visiting Italy I noticed that European models do not use US (Micro-Train) couplers. Does anybody know if it is possible to replace their couplers with US style, and if so, how difficult is it? I would love to run a European loco at the head of a freight train and confuse people as to what the heck is that motive power.
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    Many countries have very different coupler types. That's part of the reason the Rapido was developed. Nobody really likes chain and hook couplers in N scale.

    Many people do retrofit Janey couplers on their cars. Be careful, MicroTrains and others do not make compatible attachments for some of the different type coupler boxes. The T-Shank couplers from MT generally suck, in my experience. Kato makes the 11-702 as a replacement that works for everything I've put them in.

    You will have to check with European modelers for solutions, other than the T-Shank Rapido.
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    Why not make an coupler conversion car?
    Knuckle coupler on one end and an rapido coupler on the other..done.
    That way you don't have to convert your European equipment.

    They are even used in the 1:1 scale world.

    https://hfxtrainspotting.files.wordp...8/img_1079.jpg

    from -> https://hfxtrainspotting.wordpress.c...t-locomotives/

    http://indianarailroads.org/board/in...ch=32930;image

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    Most European equipment uses Rapidos (or was converted from Rapidos to some special coupler like "Fleischmann Profi") so if you can convert your US stuff to Rapido (at least at the right spot) that would be the safest bet.

    Also, quite a lot of European equipment has NEM 355 sockets: http://www.miba.de/morop/nem355_d.pdf which make it easy to replace couplers - I thought there was a knuckle coupler for those, but couldn't find them on a quick search right now (for the HO scale NEM 362 socket, there is a Kadee knuckle coupler...)

    Sorry for not being any more helpful, but maybe you can find some more info with these numbers...

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    UK manufacturer Dapol make working and dummy knuckle couplers to fit the NEM 355 couple pocket.

    http://dapol.co.uk/index.php?route=p...177_62_154_197

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    @westfalen That was what I was thinking of

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    Thanks for the suggestions. @DrifterNL, I have one of those for some older Rapido stuff I have not converted yet. I have to get a closer look at the items I was interested in to see exactly what couplers they have. They are all recent builds, so perhaps they have the NEM 355 pocket. I'll let you all know if I am successful.

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