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Hi All,

Yesterday I was running my Lionel 5340 (6-18005) Hudson that I bought at York in October and was quickly reminded that the tender coupler sits much higher than the great majority of my other cars, causing them to "slip apart" (not uncouple) in their travels. The tender coupler is about .25 inch higher than the cars that follow it. In October I ran it with passenger cars and found that I had an REA car with a slightly higher coupler that I could use as the first car behind the tender and everything worked fine. But, that was only a band-aid. Can anyone see a problem with replacing the screw that holds the tender coupler with a longer screw and maybe 2 or 3 washers to lower the coupler? Or, is there another solution that I'm missing?

Thanks in advance.


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Last edited by bobfett
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I'll have to take a look at mine when I get home in a few days. That coupler seems too long. Almost looks like one from a passenger car. Or it may not be mounted correctly. I'd have to see a picture of the bottom. I know the coupler height is a little higher on those tenders, even for the diecast cars that were reproductions made for the 1-700e.

Last edited by Donnie Kennedy
@harmonyards posted:

Sorry I missed this earlier, …..I’m with Donnie on this one, …..the coupler is indeed in the wrong place, ….the crab claw gets mounted to the truck, the scale coupler gets mounted to the body,…


Yep, that's what I was trying to remember. That the crab claw gets mounted to the truck or it sticks out too far. Sorry, my brain is in vaca mode.

Awesome my good sir! Enjoy that engine! That is my favorite piece I own. If you haven't already, take a look at the semi-scale (hate that term) reproductions of those cars. Goes very nicely together!

It is a great engine, Donnie. And with the coupler fixed I'm sure I'll be running it more. Since the fix I have it pulling a 21 car Pacemaker consist.  I'll look for the repro cars. I agree about semi-scale; it either is or it isn't.


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