Sergent couplers

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Sergent couplers

Post by 130344 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:04 pm

Does anybody have any experience in using these? Any comments or suggestions? I'd like to hear of others' exploits before I go ahead and order a few.

Thanks,

Jock

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Re: Sergent couplers

Post by torikoos » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:39 pm

i don't have any hands on experience, but communicated with someone who made 'the switch'.
He ordered the ones you have to assemble yourselves, and they take a bit of adjusting / lubricating and had a few issues doing that (sausage fingers didn't help there). However once operating they work great so he claims, and loves the prototypical look of them.
Obviously some considerations you have to make is will your rolling stock/loco's ever get used at meets, where the overwhelming majority will be Kadee (or compatible), and the size of your roster, as converting a small fleet may be okay, but if the numbers are substantial , then it might be quite an investment.

Koos

PS: I'm not sure if the 'assemble yourself' are still available, I do know they discontinued the 'weathered' couplers, but that to me is not an issue.
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Re: Sergent couplers

Post by BrianMoore » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:11 pm

As Koos says, they look great, and are rather fiddly to assemble. The biggest issue is that they will not connect to Kadees. If you want to use your stock exclusively at home, then no worries. if you want to bring them to "live ops", there is a problem.

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Re: Sergent couplers

Post by 130344 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:55 pm

Thanks for the advice guys.

I'm only likely to use my stock at home, so that isn't a problem. However, the investment isn't small even for a modest fleet of cars, so thanks for the pre-warning about the self-assembly type (yes, they still do these).

Maybe I'll get the smallest pack available, convert a handful of cars, and keep the Kadees in case it doesn't work out!

Jock

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