First off… I have been using Sergent couplers for more years than I can remember.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
When I first started the conversion from Kadee couplers I looked at my freight car fleet. I discovered that this collection was just that … a “collection” of cars that did not relate to the reality of what I was beginning as a prototype modeler to model. The how to convert question was easy to answer. With so many blue box cars from various manufacturers and a rather un-planned fleet mix I chose to sell off over 400 freight cars and concentrate on a layout fleet that better reflected the prototype branch line that I was just beginning to model.
As the new fleet was being put together, each new addition was equipped with Sergent couplers from the first day. That planned fleet is about complete at a total of 168 cars. About a 25% of these are in operation with Sergent couplers. Another 40% are kits that will receive their Sergent couplers once constructed. I have a stockpile of couplers set aside for these kits. The last 35% are RTR that until recently have been on the shelves due to a lack of couplers being available. Earlier this year the Type E couplers again became available and I now have enough to complete the conversion of these cars to have Sergent couplers. At the same time each of these RTR — actually, better named “near RTR” — will also receive necessary modifications, upgrades, and weathering.
The transition from one coupler system to another has not been a problem.
I just checked the Sergent Engineering web site and it shows that the Type E, Type E w/ shelf, and the Sharon couplers are available. And the good news is that the narrow shank Type E will be available soon.
One last comment… I have unexpectedly discovered that I operate much slower when switching with the Sergent coupler equipped cars that in the past with the Ksdee equipped cars.
Cheers & Happy Modeling,