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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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QUOTE However, with Bill just 'starting out', will kadees not prove just a little too techical in fitment and usage?

I did wonder about that which is why I did not respond last night when I saw the post having decided "A plague on all your houses, I'm going with Kadee". As I don't intend to convert too many coaches, I can appreciate the problem he is having, as getting Bachmann and Hornby coaches and locomotives to "cross couple" is not as simple a process as it should be.

In the first instance it might be best to cajole the H & B couplers to be correctly centred. They do seem reluctant to do this on some of my coaches.

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