CLOSING THE GAP
To shorten the gap between
cars, I cut the tails from both couplings on the non-driving coach. The hooks were also removed and the shortened couplings glued to the underside of the bogie with cyano adhesive. Thin plastic strips were fixed to the front of the coupling bars to reduce the amount of fore-and-aft play in the hooks of the other car and locomotive. The train then coupled tightly together, although a first test run in push mode was disastrous. The couplings were too tight and, as a result, the non-driving coach would push the rear bogie of the driving coach off the track when negotiating the points. Therefore, I repositioned both coupling bars on the non-driving coach outwards by a couple of millimetres, testing the train on the layout and making minor adjustments until reliable operation was achieved.