Friday, March 12, 2010

Screw Link Couplers

The other day I posted a comment to Mr Picton's Blog about the AR passenger links in brass that Al sells. I really like the fact that they are well detailed and fairly clear of any flash. Mr Picton had asked for a photo, and quite honestly I thought that I'd posted some here, apparently not. So here they are for all to see.

They are a bit fiddly to put together, but certainly anything but difficult, and the result I think is really worth the effort. They are really another small step towards having a Steam Era coupler that looks the part.

For those of you with goods wagons and chasing a three link coupler then you really can't go past the 'Equip' local Jewellery stores. There's one down the road from me with various styles of cheap chains. Three links are exactly that , three links of chain, as the wagons did not need to be pulled in tight like the passenger wagons, giving the guests on board a more gentler ride. The wagons with the three link couplers would have spread and banged together constantly, not pleasant!

The problem is finding the right size link whilst being hassled by all the young storekeepers, most of them about the same age as my daughter! It is a bit sus to have an HO scale ruler with you, and very difficult to find a plausible reason for the ruler, let alone for the scale marking. So can I suggest a small picture of what you're after so that you can simply place the chain over the top. It's worth the effort and I have enough chain now to last me for years.


  1. Geoff,

    Not that old excuse again! We remember that one Tuesday night when you trotted out that excuse for getting sprung buying scale chain. We know what it was really for - don't we - wink wink!


  2. Geoff,
    Thanks for posting some pic's of the AR screw couplings. They look like they'll do the trick so Al will be getting an order in the next week or 2 as the finances improve after the last purchase of goodies.