Very welcome - I'm as interested in this as you are!
I'm slightly uncertain as to official policy on linking to other sites, but I THINK this next will be OK and Doug will soon sort it if it isn't!
You will see a very clear pic there - I wish I dare re-post it here, but don't want to push my luck too far!
If you click on the first pic, you will get a much larger and even clearer pic.
The quality is first rate.
If you then mosey around the site, you will find several more excellent photos of Instanter couplings, as the owner specialises in their use, in combination with a mixture of Kadees. I have a feeling that what you are wanting to do is uncannily similar to what this fellow has done and is still doing. I recommend a good look round.
They look great and they are prototype practice.
They have to be pretty good or Electric Nose wouldn't be using HUNDREDS of the fiddly wee fellows!
But, for myself, I don't think I could handle the tweezers and those tiny links in anything but perfect lighting. The thing that tickles me enormously is the hugely ambitious use of sophisticated digital control, together with hand operated chain links!
It's good to laugh.
You are absolutely right on that - his reasoning seems based on limiting the use of auto couplings to the more commonly needed make and break rakes of vehicles. The combination of couplings seems like a good compromise.
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