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Coupling help for beginner.

Having recently got into model railing after a gap since childhood (longer than I thought), I was bought a Hornby DCC Mixed Goods set for my birthday. The other day I purchased 2 Bachmann goods wagons (a firestone plank truck and a Toad Brake Van). All was well till I tried to couple up to a Loco. The couplings, although both use the same principle - hook and loop (tension lock?), they are completely different in size, and as a result create all sorts of derailments on bends and points, and uncouplings on the run.

I have read lots of forums talking about all sorts of different couplings, but that has just confused me more.

What options have I got?
What is the easiest and most cost effective method without destroying my existing rolling stock?

Other than that, DCC is great. I have also bought a Pendolino 4 car train which is great too.
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I over the last couple of years have looked at a few options. The Kadee solution is the last option. I looked at the new close-coupled Hornby and Roco, but they only look good on coaches when coupled. They look bad though on anything else.

Kadee for me means I can run anything with anything. I am going to run my old Lima loco at last and pull any wagon or coach that I have. Up until now it has been a pain with at least 4 different types of couplers on the layout.

I also want to remotely uncouple. I can do this with the Kadee system.

I had to standardise and I chose a system that looks ok on wagons in a siding, behind a steam loco or on a diesel. The knuckle on a Kadee is very similar to many prototype systems so it's not that bad.
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