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  • Reassembling Micro Trains couplers?

    I guess I am not the brightest novice model train enthusiast. I love to take things apart and I took apart my N scale Micro Trains coupler. The spring went into the carpet and I lost it. [:-weepn] Actually I didn’t know what the spring looked like, so I took apart a second coupler and this time found the spring… :erm: :erm: :erm:

    My question is how do you get these back together?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Matthew[:-clover]

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    Matthew MT sells replacement springs and a special tool to reassemble the couplers. I'm a n-scaler myself and I don't waste my time trying to assemble em', I just buy them all ready built. If you check the prices for some strange reason they are cheaper in some cases already assembled than in the kit form. Either way they are too agravating to fool with so if one needs to be taken apart to be repaired I just throw it away instead!

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    • #3
      The couplers can be rebuilt if you have all the pieces. I just looked at the Micro Trains web site and didn't see an assembly procedure sheet but they are available when you buy kits. You may try emailing them and perhaps they can email you something. I may have an assembly sheet at home so if Micro Trains can't help let me know and I'll see if I can find what I have and scan it for you.

      Joe

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      • #4
        Precisely why I don't mess around with N scale. No offence.
        Rob



        Obedience Is Victory. Victory Is Life. Today Is A Good Day To Die.

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        • #5
          quote:


          Originally posted by GearDrivenSteam


          Precisely why I don't mess around with N scale. No offence.


          Heck, I have the same problem with my HO Kaydee couplers. Somewhere around my workbench, there is a large congregation of coupler springs laughing at me from their hiding place.
          Bruce

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by GearDrivenSteam


            Precisely why I don't mess around with N scale. No offence.


            I think it would be foolish to take offence - to each his own in this case. If you called me a dope for choosing and sticking with N then we may have a problem (though I'm not really that thin skinned either). I do remember a conversation here on the forum at one point pointing out that O gauge models have size issues as well though - like super tiny details that you can get away with in O but not in N. Everything has trade offs.

            The funny thing is I look at Z and shake my head saying "it's too small" while in the back of head I'm thinking "way cool"!

            Tools and magnifiers are available - thank God.

            Joe

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            • #7
              "Precisely why I don't mess around with N scale. No offence."

              I wouldn't waste my time trying to fix or reassemble the couplers in ANY scale! Ranks right up there with having a root canal!

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              • #8
                As the saying goes:

                MORE PAIN - MORE GAIN. :erm:

                I am actually an HOn30 modeler (HO on N Scale track to simulate narrow gauge.) So I will take all the criticism you want to give me about it.[^] It is really crazy and really fun. I enjoy the challenge.[:-dopey]

                Speaking of challenge. If anyone could give a web site or scan the assembly instructions for the micro train coupler I would love to see how it is done and give it a try.

                Thank you,

                Matthew [:-clover]

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                • #9
                  Matthew,

                  Like I said, I couldn't find any info for you on the MT site http://micro-trains.com/ but, if you email someone there they should be able to help. IF they can't help let me know and I try to find an assembly sheet to scan for you at home.

                  Joe
                  HOn30 is something I've considered in the past but have never done - it does look like fun.

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                  • #10
                    I have sent an email to micro lines, but got no response… If anyone wouldn’t mind scanning and posting the assembly instructions it would be great.

                    [:-bouncy]Here is the good news. I got the coupler together using a toothpick. I just had to figure out where the spring went… then setting the wheel set and coupler on a piece of foam I was able to put the cover back on.

                    I am excited. I learned one more thing about model RR. Praise God![:-jumprefect]

                    Matthew[:-clover]

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                    • #11
                      Congrats Matthew!

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                      • #12
                        Great job Matthew. I'll look around for an instruction sheet ... but I may not get a chance until next week.

                        Now that you mention toothpick it hit me how I handle the springs - the point and edge of an Xacto blade. It slips right between the coils.

                        Joe

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                        • #13
                          Joe said:The funny thing is I look at Z and shake my head saying "it's too small" while in the back of head I'm thinking "way cool"!

                          ================================================

                          Yup..Been there-except it was with N Scale back in the 60's while looking at a Atlas N Scale train set..Funny thing happen about 3 weeks later..One of those sets found its way home with me..Of course that was kept secrete because at that time nobody in their right mind would buy those tiny trains except as a novelty.[:O]

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                          • #14
                            Okay I found the answer I was looking for. [:-bouncy] I needed to get a coupler for my engine so I went and got one from the hobby store. 8D

                            Using a exacto knife is not hard to put together the coupler.[:-jump2]

                            So just incase anyone else want to fix a connector here are the scans assembly instructions.

                            Matthew [:-clover]





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