Wide Cab wrote:
The rolling stock I have appears to be Atlas with Micro-Trains couplers & trucks. I would like to do the body mount adaptation...if this pans out.
I have seen the back and forth arguments over body mounting N scale freight cars. Well it should be done on locomotives and cabooses, for freight cars it really depends on what you want. Don't listen to any arguments you may encounter save mine. All my rolling stock has truck mounted Accumate or Micro-Trains couplers. Why? Because it is easier to do than installing a small coupler into a tiny shank on the body of a car. Cabooses and locomotives have body mounted though.
Truck mounting doesn't look as realistic, but body mounting can cause a few problems such as change of grades, the cars will follow the end of the train car, whereas truck mounts do not. Also if you have curved grades and/or tight curves you will have to send in the crane every time to clean up the derailment. Body mounts look realistic but mostly work well for short trains/locals.
So truck mounting is better in my opinion. It's easier to switch out the couplers too. If you have the ugly square rapido or some non magnetic dummy knuckles on a truck, just take out the truck and install new MTL (Micro-Trains) trucks and you are good to go. Just make sure you get the correct trucks for your pike. I accidentally picked up an old archbar style truck instead of a more modern truck.