Reply to "Disintegrating Atlas Scale Coupler Mounts"

texastrain posted:

. . . I had three Atlas coupler shafts pull apart on me.  They were all on an Atlas Erie FM A-B-A consist, two on one A unit, the front coupler on the other A unit.  I ordered new electro couplers from Ken with ERR back in 2009 and replaced all four on the A units. . . Has anyone else had the coupler itself come apart, perhaps from metal contamination?  At the time of failure, I was not pulling any excessive length of consists.  

Jesse   TCA

I had coupler problems with my A-B-A Erie-Built consist, too.  In my case, it was just the knuckles.  First the leading knuckle on the booster unit failed.  So, I took it out of the locomotive consist and ran the two cab units back-to-back, and -- within days -- I had another knuckle failure on the front end (Nose) of the trailing (dummy) cab unit.  I bought new electrocouplers from Atlas.  Thay're easy to install, and I have had no more problems with Atlas couplers.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

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330-757-3020

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