Preview of MTL new True-Scale coupler system

Joe D'Amato Sep 1, 2016

  1. Joe D'Amato

    Joe D'Amato TrainBoard Member

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    I’ve attached a few posed shots of our new N Scale, True-Scale Coupler system we are getting ready to introduce soon. These are designed to be alternative used by modelers looking for a more prototypical looking coupler with scale distances between cars. Easy to assemble and install they are great for modelers running consists at shows, MU-ing locomotives together without having to use unrealistic drawbars and for those who are not using magnetic uncoupling. They are scale size and consist of a draft gear box, lid, knuckle and lip shank and a separate plug in air hose and no springs.


    These are designed as an accessory and stand alone coupler system. They will not couple with existing N scale couplers because of their prototypical size and construction. They are uncoupled manually using a sharp toothpick or a needle and can be joined by simply pushing the cars together. These are body mount couplers using a box that is the same dimensions as our 1015 so any application that uses 1015’s will work. I’ve successfully attached these to Atlas and Kato Locomotives with no problems. We will be offering them in both standard length and an extended shank and draft gear box for longer cars. These are scheduled to be available in package form this October. Pricing will be available then.

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    Cheers

    Joe
    Micro Trains Line
     
  2. Rodsup9000

    Rodsup9000 TrainBoard Member

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    Thank You, Thank You, Micro Trains, just what we been wanting.
     
  3. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    Holy cow. Very nice looking couplers and they look as good as HO scale.
     
  4. santa fe 56

    santa fe 56 TrainBoard Member

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    Way cool….. and I was just about caught up with my micro train coupler conversions…. these are going to be way better…..
     
  5. randgust

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    Hmmmm. Will they couple with the Z heads? Looks like they might.

    And from what I can see, there's a spring holding the head closed, no spring in front or back of the post, so there's no slinky either direction.

    I use magnetic features and will continue to, but I'll agree this is a great option for the guys that want to pick apart cars with a stick.
     
  6. greatdrivermiles

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    For me to buy in, these would have to be SUPER cheap. I have a LOT to convert over. Plus any for future acquisitions. MT is taking a pretty big risk making them incompatible with anything else on the market.
     
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  7. Joe D'Amato

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    Consider using them in the front of locos, between locos for MU'ed uints, passenger car trains that will run together, back of Cabeese for a better proto look, between well cars....etc.

    Joe
    MTL
     
  8. greatdrivermiles

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    Ok so its like rapido couplers when the original MTs came out.
    I have another question though, will these fit into other manufactures coupler boxes? Say like the molded on ones on BLMA and Atlas' 89' flat cars or Athearn's stand alone well cars BLMA Reefers etc?
     
  9. Carolina Northern

    Carolina Northern TrainBoard Member

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    Can't wait.
     
  10. Maletrain

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    I like the concept and the look. But, not sure that I want to try to convert hundreds of cars, at this point.

    Also, how well do they automatically couple when a loco pushes 2 cars together, rather than a 1:1 hand? They look like they might be stiff.

    I will definitely buy a few to experiment, at least. But, I sure wish they were comptible with Z couplers.
     
  11. wcfn100

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    I missed where he said they weren't.

    Jason
     
  12. jpwisc

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    You didn't miss it, he only said they weren't compatible with N Scale couplers.
     
  13. bremner

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    They do not fit into the BLMA PS-2CD 4000 hopper pockets. I got to test them and they fit great in my Kato/Atlas GP35
     
  14. greatdrivermiles

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    In what way do they not fit?
     
  15. bremner

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    Oh, I forgot to mention this, they are real easy to assemble. It takes just a little bit to learn how to put them together. My 10 year old daughter who wears coke bottle glasses and is clumsy as hades can assemble them.
     
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    They don't go around the mounting pin and the coupler on the blma only uses the lower coupler box, so you would have to trim the chassis
     
  17. greatdrivermiles

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    :( Looks like I'll stick to the regular ones. Some cars like the Atlas and Blma flats require major surgery to put another coupler box on it.
     
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  18. bremner

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    It looks like it might be an easy swap.
     
  19. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks Joe and MT!!!
     
  20. gcav17

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    Geek!

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