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    Default What are you buying this month (August 2022) ?

    I've decided to switch from ordinary Rapido couplers to modern Fleischmann Pro couplers on all my European rolling stock. After a deep breath I ordered a bunch of couplers. They're not exactly cheap, but you can find them below MSRP ...




    Here's the two coupler types side by side:




    Here's the maximum distance between two coaches using Rapido couplers:




    ... and here using the modern couplers:




    In addition to looking better, the Pro couplers are in fact easier to couple together. On a slow approach with Rapido couplers the cars may just push instead of coupling. That doesn't happen with the pro couplers. Other than that I don't have much personal experience with them, so I'm looking forward to it and I hope to counter a tendency to uncouple on less than perfect track.
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    I like them for just your reasons. I have found that I need slightly longer ones on my engines because the engines' bumpers tend to cause derailment or uncoupling in tight curves or turnouts.

    DM Toys has aftermarket Profi couplings of various lengths: 0.5 mm shorter, standard, 0.5 mm longer and 1.0 mm longer.

    Here is a link to the 0.5 mm longer:
    https://www.dm-toys.de/en/product-de..._N-X00013.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I like them for just your reasons. I have found that I need slightly longer ones on my engines because the engines' bumpers tend to cause derailment or uncoupling in tight curves or turnouts.

    DM Toys has aftermarket Profi couplings of various lengths: 0.5 mm shorter, standard, 0.5 mm longer and 1.0 mm longer.

    Here is a link to the 0.5 mm longer:
    https://www.dm-toys.de/en/product-de..._N-X00013.html
    Thanks for the link Gordon, I'll be needing some of those. I just noticed that the ones I got are slightly too short for my ´83 Rheingold coaches.
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    My Via F40's arrived this week, on the programming track to set them up.

    Unfortunately one has the rear handrails missing, the other had the handrail loose in the box. Not a big deal.
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    N scale arrivals from the UK this week:

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    Today UPS delivered the couplers that @el Gato Gordo suggested a few posts ago - plus some additional Fleischmann pro couplers for mounting on a small batch of cars and locos that are too old to have NEM coupler docks. They're not all Fleischmann, but by the look of it, the two types of "old mounting" Fleischmann couplers should actually fit on even the old Minitrix and Arnold models that I have. With maybe a little adjustment and a file I'm sure it will work.

    Roaming the DM Toys web site since I was paying shipping anyway I got two different ballasting hoppers - with and without embankment for the track. Also, I qualified for a bonus, so I chose a package of gratings.

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    A few cars I bought from a private sale. The Railgon is a Concor, the green Conrail box is Roundhouse, 40 ft. B&O box is Bachmann. I do not know who made the two 60 ft. double door boxcars. Anyone recognize them? All but the 40 ft. box have Micro/Trains trucks and couplers. The prices were great as I did not pay more that $8 for any of them.
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    A very light package arrived today. Two small retainer plugs for the coupler docks on my Hobbytrain E10/BR112.

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    When I bought these two locomotives used, one coupler dock was not attached to the truck because one of the retainer plugs had been lost to history. When I recently changed couplers on all European rolling stock, that problem became present again, so after dismissing the idea of maybe fitting a small nail I looked around and found original spare retainers at spur-n-teile.de. I ordered two, since the shipping was way more than the item price anyway. You never know.

    So now my E10 once again has couplers at both ends. Yay!

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    Stopped at the local hobby shop for the first time in over a month. Had to buy something so I got this Atlas Railbox "On Track for a cure" Boxcar. The calendar was produced by a Local Railroad Historical Society. Lots of historical photos of the many prototype railroads that operated in the area.
    I "think" the Railbox car is an actual prototype car. Not sure what year it was done though.
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    No BIG purchases, but I keep finding things I need at a good price. First was a Cornerstone Beverage distributor I needed to give all my Coke trucks a place to hang out, then a Blair Line general store for my rural town. Then I finally built my Cornerstone fuel distributor and decided to make it a Cities Services to go with my Cities Services tank trucks, and then discovered a couple of Cities Services tank cars online and had to buy those. Then found a Milwaukee ore car for $5 to add to my unit train. And another gas station.......only had 2 on the layout, one in "the big city" and one in the rural town........need to have one on every corner. And some Atlas fence.......1000 scale feet for $6.50. And then 30 pipe loads. And lastly a 10 pair pack of MT truck/couplers. I don't have them yet, but I have an MT Montana Rail Link anniversary car, and a 2 car fuselage set ( the new one) sitting at my local dealer (who is 150 miles away) that I hope to pick up this week.

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    Bought 20 railroad books and about 2,000 slides when I was in Ohio two weeks ago, so minimal model railroad expenditures for a while.

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    Scored this box lot at an auction today. $28 in a choice bid, after the first round of bidding went to $120, thought for sure this was the box they were after.

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    The RJC cabooses were a must have, I admit.

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    The most MR related items I may purchase is plywood and wiring supplies.

    I have to be careful as we are beginning our house renovations after 22 years in this old('63) place.
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    Booty from the Pinellas Park train show yesterday,
    20 pcs. Atlas flex c80, Kadee (MT) B&M 40’ boxcar, 1 pk. Gold Metal Models TV antennas, and 4 new Peco short right turnouts.


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    This came in the mail today (Thursday) . To me it was a steal of the century!! I see a few of them on eBay going for $95-$110 for the set. This one is brand new and I saw it on eBay for $50 with an best offer. I took a chance and offered $45 well I was shocked that he took it!! Plus I attended the 100th anniversary of the Mississippi Export railroad gala. Just like any shortline it was a small event that most of the workers and a few others like myself showed up. Yes, it was open to the public. Although they were great to talk with, especially Rusty and I got to talk with the CEO Ms. Luce. She was so nice and told us about their new additional interchange with the CSX was getting ready to go in service soon. With this event, we were encouraged by Ms. Luce and her HR to take a few more cookies for home.
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    No train purchases for me for a while. …Bought a new patio for the house…

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    Quote Originally Posted by railohio View Post
    Bought 20 railroad books and about 2,000 slides when I was in Ohio two weeks ago, so minimal model railroad expenditures for a while.
    So what all did you get?
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    A couple of recent shipments of mine:

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    I have been in and out of nscale net over the past years. this past month I finally made up for a lost opportunity
    and picked up a Key GN H4 from years ago. Was cruising ebay and found one flagged as non-running, took a chance and bought
    it. All it was corroded pickups on the 2 front drivers, don't think it had ever been run, coupler had never been installed. I have a weakness
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