I'm kinda all over the map when it comes to couplers. Frankly I've got a
lot of American rolling stock with MT couplers and a lot with Marklin
couplers. I used to think that I only wanted the MT couplers but have
gotten used to Marklin, even though they are slightly bigger. Yes, Marklin
puts its trucks too far in and they do not follow NMRA standards but these
trains are designed to operate in small small spaces and it allows longer
cars to negotiate Marklin's tight tight curved tracks. We all remember the
Styracokasote debate last month so I won't even go there, but I really like
the look of Marklin's American cars and cabooses. They chose the most
brightly painted items to model and they look great on the layout.
Marklin's tank cars are especially nice.
It is very destructive to try to change out trucks and couplers and if you
don't get the coupler height perfect, you'll have eternal troubles with
disconnects and derailments. For myself, I'm going to try to live with both
coupler styles from now on with just a few key cars modified to have one MT
coupler on one end and one Marklin coupler on the opposite end. That way I
negotiate both the best and the worst of both worlds.
"George A.Vega" wrote:
> Ok all you guru's, I've finally decided to replace/remount my Marklin
> US rolling stock with MT trucks with couplers. I tried the MT901/902
> coupler drop-in's but it's not looking very prototypical. The Marklin
> US rolling stock has trucks that are mounted too far into the chassis
> to make them look or function correctly. After serious consultation
> with the multi-talented D.A. Karp, I need more information. Here are
> your fastest fingered questions:
> How do I remove the Marklin trucks; pull out, twist out, or yank out?
> I know I have to get the MT tap/drill set, but which drill do you
> recommend; Dremel, other preferences?
> Which trucks do you recommend for the steam to diesel transition era;
> Bettendorf, Archbar or Roller Bearing?
> What other tools do I need to complete the job? Any other suggestions
> (other than two aspirin)?
> I am sure to surprise all of you with one or two more questions.
> >From this humble newbie, I am not worthy (on my knees).