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what are knuckle couplers for model trains?

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The couplers are the devices which connect the cars together. In early railroading a "link and pin" coupler was used. It was no more than a large oval of iron similar to a link in a chain which fit into pockets in each car. A large iron pin had to be manually inserted to hold it together. This was slow and was dangerous for the trainmen which had to operate them.

The most modern coupler used today in real railroading is the "knuckle" coupler. Cars are coupled by just pushing them together. Trainmen can uncouple cars from levers on the side. The model railroad knuckle couplers can be uncoupled by an electromagnet under the track and are coupled by the engine pushing two cars together.

A picture of a model railroad knuckle coupler in O-scale can be found at:

http://www.postwarlionel.com/terms/truck13a.jpg

Model railroad questions are best answered by joining a Yahoo Group and asking there. There are groups for all scales in model railroading. Go to the Yahoo Groups website and search for your scale.:

http://groups.yahoo.com/

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Bachmann G Scale Train 1225 Knuckle Couplers 92420
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G Scale Train Hartland Locomotive Works HLW Red Dump Cart Knuckle Coupler LOT 3
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LGB 64193 TYPE 2 KNUCKLE COUPLER SET OF 2 PIECES BRAND NEW IN BAG
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LGB 64193P American Knuckle Couplers in Package
LGB 64193P American Knuckle Couplers in Package
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One Lionel Large Scale Knuckle Coupler 8 82103 NOS New  Package G Scale 1 Pair
One Lionel Large Scale Knuckle Coupler 8 82103 NOS New Package G Scale 1 Pair
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G Gauge or Gauge 1 Lionel Freight Cars Operating Knuckle Couplers
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LGB 64193 1 American Knuckle Coupler 1
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G Scale Trains Aristocraft ART29200 Operating Knuckle Coupler 1 Pair with Screws
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