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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 (alastairq @ 17 Aug 2007, 16:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>which is the preferred mounting method, bearing in mind the sort of trackage used?

Personally I prefer the body mounted method as applied to most (all?) European stock. I am in the process of converting a lot of my old stock to close coupling for which I will be using both Fleischmann and Roco close coupling conversions. It is my intention to uuse the Fleischmann Profi coupling as I feel it gives the best operation in practice.

With close coupling you can get most stock round fairly tight curves as the coupling "stretches" under load.

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