A Look At Close Coupling Model Railway Coaches
In this article we’ll take a look at eliminating the large gap between coach end gangways by closing up the gap between coupled up coaches. Giving a more realistic look to coupled up coaches. They are various methods of closing up the gap & we’ll look at two of them here.
Using standard tension lock couplings
Using tension lock couplings with the train being hauled there is quite a gap between the gangways on the coach ends as seen here on the right.
Keen Systems Close Coupling System
Another British manufacturer of close coupling systems for British OO scale coaches is Keen Systems. They produce a range after market close coupling kits to fit most models of ready to run coaches by the likes of:
- Replica Railways
Also close coupling kits for kit built coaches such as:
- Ian Kirk
On the two photo’s on the right is the Keen Close Coupling System fitted on a pair of Bachmann Mk2a coaches.
- A pair of cutters
- Screwdriver ( to remove the coach bogie )
- Small screwdriver ( to help remove spring )
- Small file
- Peco loco service cradle ( Or similar / Or use a soft cloth to protect your coach )
The next three photos on the right show one of the Keen System close couplings for a Bachmann MK2a coach. Sold in pairs & also multi pairs packs. Two parts to each pair, the mount & the coupling it’s self. Each kit comes with full fitting instructions guide. The black knuckle coupler comes supplied on a kit fret. Cut & remove the coupler & file off any excess flash. As per the instructions you’ll need to file a little bit off one side of the knuckle. Having done that glue & fit the coupler into the supplied replacement coupling mount.
These coupling mounts will also work with Bachmann E-Z Mate Mk2 couplings (between loco & coach), Roco Auto Couplers & Fleischman Couplers (Between both coaches as well as between locos & coaches).
For more details on Keen Close Couplings can found on their website www.keen-systems.com