There literally does seem to be 1001 things to do when you’re building a layout. To my mind though, that’s half the fun. I don’t have to do the same thing all the time, and if I fancy a change, I can. So, by way of a change, I decided to fit some Kadee couplers to one of my Bachmann JGA wagons the other day, and immediately ran into trouble.
I’ve had a selection of Kadee couplers for a while, but not got around to fitting them. The idea of being able to uncouple rolling stock magnetically, and replace the normal tensions lock couplers with something which appears more prototypical, appealed to me. I had already fitted the Kadee #205 Height Gauge to an old section of track mounted on suitable piece chipboard.
It should just be a matter of unpluging the tension lock coupler, that comes as standard, from it’s NEM pocket and replacing it with a Kadee coupler. But nothing in life is ever that simple, is it? Although there is a standard set for how high the NEM pocket should be above the rail height (8.5mm), in practice they seem to be all over the place. In the case of the Bachmann JGA wagon, it seems to be out by the thickness of the bogie.
The only fix I could see for this was to cut an aperture through the bogie to take the coupling.
I only have to do that 15 more times to fit all of my JGA wagons. Then there’s all the other stock and engines. Like I said… 1001 things to do.