Tips of the Trade
Here's the tip. Use a large pair of vise grips to hold the bright boy. This gives you a nice handle to hold onto. It extends your reach and reduces the amount of pressure that you have to use because the weight of the vise grips does most of the work for you.
To replace truck mounted couplers use Kadee #148 with Kadee #212 Talgo Truck Adaptors. You might have to trim the whisker springs a little bit to make them work better. Or else you can cut off the coupler pocket with a razor knife and glue a 0.040" piece of styrene to the body and glue a #5 coupler box onto it.
To replace Rivarossi (AHM) style truck mounted couplers use Athearn McHenry (McH ) #56 for freight cars or McH #52 for passenger cars.
Simple rules for model railroad track plan
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