‘The devil is in the details’ is an English idiom that expresses the idea that something may, at first glance, look simple, but that upon closer inspection it becomes clear that getting the details right is not as easy as it may first appear. Few people know the truth of this expression more than serious model railway enthusiasts. For a non-enthusiast, it is easy to look in on the kits and simply see a scale model railway. But the enthusiast knows that the details can really make or break the whole success of the scale railway setup. For many enthusiasts, the couplings are the hardest thing to get right.
The problem is that many couplings do not accurately replicate the way that coaches and engines hook together. In many instances, they are over simplified and detract from the look of the overall railway. Worse still, they may not line up. Many manufacturers do not follow a standard approach, meaning that if you have collected coaches or engines from different suppliers, the couplings may not match. In other instances, the couplings may simply be impractical. For example, with some couplings, the gap between the coaches is enormous. For some kits, if you were to calculate the gap between the carriages in terms of the scale of the kit, the couplings would be positioning the coaches as much as 1.5metres apart! In real life this would simply not happen. For one thing, it would make moving between coaches impossible!
One way around this is by replacing the couplings with something that looks good but also maintains the realism in your setup. After all, when you have gone to the effort of getting the right coaches and engines, and you have created your scenery around your track, why let the couplings be the detail that spoils the entire look of your system?
At CRT Kits we can supply couplings for your kits. We have three options. The simplest is the three link chain couplings. This was a peculiarly British method of connecting freight trains on older lines. The three link chain couplings extended the gap between the carriages. This made it easier for trains to get moving as they could essentially move one carriage at a time as the chains pulled taut, rather than moving all the carriages at once. However, the sacrifice was that the journey was incredibly bumpy and not suitable for passenger travel. As an alternative, the screw-link couplings and instanter couplings offered a compromise. This had a middle link which could be adjusted to shorted the slack in the train and reduce the bumpiness of the ride. Our couplings are available in all three types, with machined brass parts and steel chain links. They are ideal for creating authentic couplings which not only look good, but also connect your coaches effectively.
For all enquiries about our parts and accessories, including couplings, and our kit building services, contact us using the details on the website. We are ready to help you!