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    Default Best coupling option for Walters intermodal well cars

    Hi guys,
    UK chap just starting to model the US here! A few months ago, I picked up a rake of Walters articulated well-cars (same as https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WALTHERS-...R/203114859153). The couplings on the inners are fine, but the outers have the standard N Gauge (rapido?) question mark style couplings, rather than the US knuckle couplers. I have looked at the various options on the MicroTrains Magne-Matic coupling page, but I am getting a bit lost on the different coupling numbers?

    Can any one suggest which is the best option to replace them? All my other stock (Kato/Intermountain/FVM) has knuckle couplings anyway.

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    I used 1030's (003 02 031)
    You could also use 1035's (003 02 041) These were found on cars after 1970, so they'd be a bit more modern

    If you wanted to replace the inner trucks, you could use these:
    1031 (003 02 030)
    1036 (003 02 040)
    These were found on cars after 1970, so they'd be a bit more modern
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    Thanks Allen,
    I'll go for 1035s in that case, and might grab some 1036 (typo corrected) in case I want to change the inners at a later time.

    Cheers
    Richie
    Last edited by GEfan; 16th Oct 2020 at 06:25 PM. Reason: Typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by GEfan View Post
    Thanks Allen,
    I'll go for 1035s in that case, and might grab some 1035 in case I want to change the inners at a later time.

    Cheers
    Richie
    No problem, but be sure you get 1036's, I'm sure it's just a typo...
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    I cut off those awful rapidos from the trucks (Walthers was one of the last companies to phase out of the rapidos, which shows you how much they took N scale seriously, but I digress...), put Fox Valley Metal wheelsets to make it roll freely, and body-mounted Micro-Trains 1015 couplers on the ends.

    The bodies, though, are die-cast metal, and were a major @#$% to drill through. I think I was only successful at drilling one end and putting a screw in, while the other end was just glued on with CA. Works just fine now.

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    I drilled and tapped for 1015s on mine. Left the OEM trucks but used Intermountain metal wheelsets on one and FVM3302 and 3602 on the other. Also used the Gold Medal Models 160-52 detailing kit. TRW has a helpful series of posts regarding these cars:

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...9351#msg519351

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    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    I drilled and tapped for 1015s on mine. Left the OEM trucks but used Intermountain metal wheelsets on one and FVM3302 and 3602 on the other. Also used the Gold Medal Models 160-52 detailing kit. TRW has a helpful series of posts regarding these cars:

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...9351#msg519351

    Sam
    I bought that Gold Medal Models detail kit for the Walthers well cars. I've read the instructions but it's too vague on how to remove the stock walkways. Mind sharing how exactly you did it? What tools did you use?

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    On one, I tried what is shown in this post:

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...9454#msg519454

    specifically, filing down the stock walkways and leaving enough to represent the supports. I didn't like the way that turned out so on the second, I simply CA'd the GMM walkways onto the existing walkways, as depicted in the bottom image of this post:

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...9351#msg519351

    Trusting the two foot rule and laziness, I guess.

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    Those look great! @samusi01
    Incredible how much of a difference it made by filing down the car loops and putting new trucks on them!
    I got a bunch of these back when they were first out and the first thing I did was to file that THICK paint off.
    Made them run so much better plus it also lowered the cars bit.
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