Repurposing Horn Hook Couplers?

Mr. Trainiac Jan 22, 2017

  1. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    I'm not even sure if this is possible, but can old Horn hook couplers be reused for something else? I don't think this thread is very serious, I was just wondering if it could be done.
     
  2. Retired Alex

    Retired Alex TrainBoard Member

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    Many collectors that I know are removing the newer kadee and mchenry style couplers and replacing them with the old horn hook couplers, so you may find a market for them.
     
  3. DougL

    DougL TrainBoard Member

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    recycled into lumber
    featured in Home Alone 17 when the bad guys step on them in bare feet
    offer on ebay at $48 per pair for the humor
    funky hair beads
    Instructables.com challenge - make a coffee table with them
     
  4. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    I've thrown away a fortune!!!!
     
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  5. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman New Member

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    If they're of decent quality (say, Life-Like or Tyco), they're actually fairly functional and can be improved a good bit visually by painting and weathering them. They're useful in situations where remote uncoupling is of lesser or no concern, such as a unit train or the majority (maybe even the entirety) of a passenger consist. Means you don't have to fit as many operating knuckle couplers (or if they're already present, you can redistribute them to places you need them more) to the rolling stock.
     
  6. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    That is true. Can they still work if the "horn", the curved part, is cut off? I'll obviously need to leave the part where the couplers actually connect, but I think that could clean them up a good deal.
     
  7. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    They make good earrings
     
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  8. ZeldaTheSwordsman

    ZeldaTheSwordsman New Member

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    Cutting off the horn would impair automatic coupling
     
  9. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    gather up all your discarded horn-hook couplers and take them to your local recycling center. IMO, they're worthless.
     
  10. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Do you put the horn portion thru a pierced ear???? lol
     
  11. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    No silly .. you attach it to a french hook
    hooks.jpg
     
  12. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    I like my thought better! lol (btw - my wife sometimes makes jewelry, so I do know about those!)
     
  13. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Or something like this?

    Horn Hook Earing.jpg
     
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  14. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

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    Well why not
     
  15. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

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    Once upon a long time ago I purchased a 12 car set of Roundhouse PS Covered Hoppers. 12 different road numbers. I set up 4 cars with Kaydees on one end and X2Fs on the other. I could run them in bunches or all 12 in a row. It worked out pretty good. When I got back into the hobby, all were converted to Kaydees. If I was not running them at home on the POCR, they would still be set up that way. I trimmed the bottom pin off the coupler as well as the horn. They functioned just fine.
     
  16. James Fitch

    James Fitch TrainBoard Member

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    I've mostly chucked mine. They are of course good for discussing in whimsical forum topics. Probably the best thing would be to take bunch and sell them on Ebay for a few bucks.
     

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