The modern USA Trains 60 foot Box Car and Body Mounting Knuckle Couplers
The USA Trains 60 foot box car has been offered for several years now in both single door and double door versions. These cars are high quality and come standard with a cleverly designed body mounted “cushion” draft gear box with plastic knuckle coupler.
This draft gear box is intended to somewhat function like a prototype car having a cushioning action when cars are forced coupled together, etc. Like prototype draft gear boxes, the USAT draft gear box notably projects beyond the end of the car.
However, since the many locos and rolling stock I have are equipped with body mount Kadees with trip pins that can be uncoupled over a Kadee Track Magnet, I decided to body mount Kadee 906 centerset couplers on the USA Trains 60 foot cars, too. Shown below are three cars fitted with Kadee 906 coupler assemblies.
USAT Factory Coupler Downward Tilt!
The factory knuckle coupler assembly comes standard with it mounted on a spacer to conform with the USA Trains “standard height of our products” having low to the railhead couplers, but the spacer can be removed so the coupler assembly can be mounted on the car floor for better compatibility with other brand products. However, there is an unsightly downward tilt to the coupler assembly - which is the same with or without spacer as illustrated below.
If choosing to convert the USAT 60 foot box cars to accept Kadee couplers, the ugly downward coupler tilt is also corrected as illustrated below.
Typically, prototype cushioned cars have a very pronounced and projected draft gear box, so this attribute is replicated like that done with the USA Trains factory coupler.
For far more detail and “how to’s”, see full article hosted for me by Greg E. on his Web site, title:
“USA Trains 60 foot Box Car Body Mount Factory vs. Kadee Knuckle Couplers”