Aug 272012

Sergent Coupler Test Run

Patrick (3yo), Lorenzo (5yo) and I spent a couple of days testing Sergent Couplers. We used a variety of couplers on a variety of cars. While I love the way the Sergents look, I found it impractical for our layout. It’s just too hard to teach a three year old and a five year old how to properly use the Sergent couplers.

We had a lot of trouble lining up the couplers and even when we lined them up, we still had trouble actually getting the couplers to lock. Uncoupling was a little easier, but not as smooth as I would have liked.

I fitted a Sergent couplers on to my longer BLMA and ExactRail 64′ Trinity Reefers. I need to be able to run them around a 24″ radius curve. That was too tight for the Sergents, perhaps if they had a longer shank coupler it would help.

The final strike against using the Sergent couplers was the lack of availability of the couplers I need. For example compatible shank double shelf couplers have been unavailable for at least a year. Type F couplers have been unavailable for at least a year.

I’m still optomistic about Sergent couplers, but at this time Idon’t think they are going to work for The Industrial Lead.


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