An Engine Without Couplers...?

Yes the 370 had no couplers.  The link coupler on the car would hook onto the bar on the 370.  In practice it did not work well.  My dad had a 370 as a kid and said he would use a string to tie the first car to the bar so it wouldn't unhook constantly.

FlyerMike S gauge railroading on the floor

I received set 5112T for Christmas of 1952. At the time I was too young to remember it but I still have it. The link coupler bar was a clever solution that allowed coupling and uncoupling with link couplers. The key is flawless track carefully fastened down on a layout. Track laying on a floor will cause cars to uncouple from the 370. 370's also had poor traction so they would not pull many cars. Mine pulls 6 freight cars  (two diecast) or 4 passenger cars (652, 652, 653, 654) on a layout with no uncoupling.

Tom

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