A friend has trusted me with some (famous) Atlas F2s to work on, and one part that needed to be addressed is the disintegrating rear coupler mounts...

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You can see the metal crumbling, and only the paint holding it together.

Hopefully, we’ll have some replacements that will look good and perform better!

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thanks!

-Mario

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Do not know about any Atlas mounts, but 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.  Have had no problem with the B unit, but have spare sets of couplers in the box if ever needed.  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

 Don't know if they are the same as mine but I had the problem, my engines were just sitting for several years. Found the couplers had desintegrated and fell off, the 2 rear on the A units and both on the B

The were non operating. I reverse engineered them but added reinforcement.  I decided to use PETG filament which is pretty strong and 3D print them. They worked and tested them under some heavy loads and no problem so far.

They do not have the centering springs anymore but it does't matter to me as long as they can pull and don't fall apart or come uncoupled.

I've been in contact with Atlas about these, they say you can get them but have to by an assembly, but I don't need any more problems, 

I can give you the STL files that I made to 3D print them. if you don't have access to a printer and want them we could arrange something else.

 

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. . . 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

Santa Fe, All the Way

I haven't had any problems with couplers on engines, but had coupler assemblies come apart on several Atlas O Front Runner cars that were made some years ago. It appeared to be zinc pest type problems, with parts breaking into small pieces. There were reports that certain batches of Atlas coupler assemblies suffered from this for a period of time.

sidehack posted:

 Don't know if they are the same as mine but I had the problem, my engines were just sitting for several years. Found the couplers had desintegrated and fell off, the 2 rear on the A units and both on the B

The were non operating. I reverse engineered them but added reinforcement.  I decided to use PETG filament which is pretty strong and 3D print them. They worked and tested them under some heavy loads and no problem so far.

They do not have the centering springs anymore but it does't matter to me as long as they can pull and don't fall apart or come uncoupled.

I've been in contact with Atlas about these, they say you can get them but have to by an assembly, but I don't need any more problems, 

I can give you the STL files that I made to 3D print them. if you don't have access to a printer and want them we could arrange something else.

 

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Great job! I’m impressed...

I do have a printer and I’m test printing these today, we’ll see how it goes.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have to use Kadee 743s on these, but it’ll be close to the Lionel work that we did a few years ago.

Here’s the test print from the Lionel F unit Kadee mounts.

thanks!

-Mario

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Looking at the breaks, I'd say these castings all have zinc pest. Even though the problem has been eradicated in the US since the 1940s, it is still prevalent overseas, particularly in Asia. One can only hope that they are working to resolve this issue. (But I have my doubts...)

Just my 2 cents.

Chris

LVHR

Thanks!

I was doing some research last night and found this on Shapeways; someone beat me to it!  And they’re a lot better looking!

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Tom McMahon (TJM71) also 3D prints the coupler cut lever mounts, too!  This kid is good, I’m going to have to order from his store.


thanks!

-Mario

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Atlas broken coupler Erie FMAtlas broken coupler May 2009Atlas Erie FMs broken couplers May 2009My Atlas couplers that broke were in the shaft where the coils are located.  OK... have been looking in files, when I find pics, will post...….   Corrected with replacement couplers from ERR in early 2010 while managing site in Georgia at Robins AFB.

 

Jesse   TCA

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