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    Default Minitrix Caboose Truck/Coupler

    Moose have used Minitrix caboose with what appear to be Micro-Trains Bettendorf "long extension" couplers.

    Other cabeese on Moose roster all appear to be "medium extension" couplers or are body mounted with a similar coupler-truck pin dimension.

    Question: Are "long extension" coupler appearance prototypical of any pre-1940's cabooses, particularly Union Pacific cabeese?

    1_Trix_Couplers_20190908_075133.jpg 2_Trix_Couplers_20190908_075141.jpg

    Moose find only one photo of a 1:1 caboose with what appears to have such a long extension, but not sure when built, such as one shown on this webpage.

    And yes, Moose aware yellow apparently not prototypical for pre-war U.P. cabooses, but Moose had to have a U.P. caboose and no wanna do custom paint...
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    Since it's used for a tourist train, they may have installed a cushioned coupler.
    I suppose somewhere in the world there is a prototype for that extended coupler, but I would replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Since it's used for a tourist train, they may have installed a cushioned coupler.
    I suppose somewhere in the world there is a prototype for that extended coupler, but I would replace it.
    "Cushioned coupler" for tourist trains ... Okay, that figures.

    Moose not sure worth replacing for ~ $5.50 (M-T 00302022 (1003) Bettendorf Trucks with Med. Ext. Couplers), or just save up Moose-coppers for a new U.P. Caboose for ~ $20.00 (wood sheathed hopefully!)...
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    I'd save your Copper and pickup one of these and do a little painting to touch it up, like painting the roof brown.
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    You could just cut the coupler off of those trucks and then body mount it, it appears to have a hole through which you could run a screw. Or, if you have another piece of equipment that might prefer the long shanks, you could swap out trucks with it. Just thinking up low cost options.

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    @WP&P

    Good points ... Moose will ponder...
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    Wern't those cushion underframes added in service life to lessen the slack action when starting/stopping? That and the sealed windows indicate it was rebuilt at some stage.

    https://www.ncry.org/about/collectio...nta-fe-999081/
    More detail on the mods
    https://www.psrm.org/trains/cabooses/atsf-999371/
    Original coupler/draft gear
    http://www.hebners.net/Caboose/atsf/atsf2287.jpg
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