Hornby couplers

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  1. Stonecold

    Stonecold Full Member

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    Hello,
    Could you tell me if these two Hornby couplers can work together ? Thanks for all your replies.

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  2. Ron

    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    They do but better 'pulling' than 'pushing'! I'm considering changing my stock to Kadee's. I used them on my US layout 'Rush City yard' and had no problems..

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    Ron
     
  3. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    The main issue that I've found with mixing couplers is the hook length. Generally all Hornby couplers have the same hook length, regardless of the width of the loop. Makes it hard to make different brands play with each other. For instance older Hornby and Mainline/Bachmann do not like working together.
    It's also on tight curves that problems usually manifest themselves.
    Some of the newer versions of this coupler have hooks that have excessive slop in the sideways movement of the hook. This can lead to the hooks ending up on the "wrong" sides of each other, leading to derailments.
    All these and more is why people look at kadees and other couplers for more reliability.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
  4. ed

    ed Full Member

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    To avoid the hooks locking on curves, take the hook off the larger tension lock couplings (quite often the locos).

    You don't really need the hooks on the locos.


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