This month’s Model Rail magazine came with a free bits box. I didn’t buy it for that but it was free so I might as well use it.
To give you an idea of how that compares to others, a “standard” (i.e. not NEM pocket) Hornby coupling can cost as much £1.50 each. And which looks better? Well the picture says it all really when you realise that only the hook arm and wire loop are visible on a finished vehicle compared with all that hideous plastic on the Hornby version.
I intend to only fit one end of each piece of rolling stock with a coupling with just a wire loop at the other. I’ll then fit brake vans, brake coaches, and various specific wagons with a coupling at each end to couple to the locos which will only have the loops. Apart from anything else, it’ll bring added shunting interest ensuring there is a wagon with coupling available for the loco to take the train out.