Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Bits box

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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. 

It made sense to use it for my stash of Sprat and Winkle couplings which are going to be my standard. I recently bought a pack of the new ready-made versions. These work out at £1.20 per coupling. 

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. 


Author: Chris H

Now rapidly approaching my fifth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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