Tech Tips Blog

  1. Kadee’s new website is up and running!

    Wholesale customers: We’ve made some big changes that will affect the way you place orders with Kadee going forward.

    Firstly, ALL wholesale orders for Retail Products must be placed directly through the website to receive your discount. We are no longer able to accept faxed or e-mailed orders. features a live inventory and only the inventory available is purchasable. We cannot accept back-orders at this time.

    Secondly, we have added a convenient website feature for our wholesale customers called FAST ORDER. FAST ORDER allows you to conveniently add products to your cart. This can be found under the MY ACCOUNT drop down next to the shopping cart icon on the top-right of our website. You can either upload a .csv with SKU/Qty or enter SKUs and quantities manually. You must be logged in to use this feature.

    FAST ORDER allows you to add products to your cart by uploading a .csv file (sample .csv file available on FAST ORDER p

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  2. Coupler Height Gauges

    The Coupler Height Gauge for the scale you are modeling is your best friend when is comes to trouble shooting, installing couplers and uncouples when used correctly. If you are trying to install couplers or trouble shoot couplers without a coupler height gauge you are just spinning your wheels. Trying to use an existing car to set your coupler heights is a bad idea and will not end well. If you think you need to bend the trip pin then your coupler is probably at the incorrect height. Trip pins are factory set and should not need to be bent if coupler is mounted correctly. When the coupler height gauge is used correctly whether for mounting uncouplers or mounting and fine-tuning couplers; your couplers should operate trouble free*.

    *Coupler height gauge or coupler design can’t fix bad track or incorrectly setup equipment.

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  3. Kadee Couplers vs Clone Couplers

    Whether you treated yourself to some of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (I know I did, don’t tell my wife) or you get some new locomotives or rolling stock as Christmas gifts, if you have cars from one of the manufactures who install Kadee® Magne-Matic® couplers from the factory: you’re golden! You can start enjoying your new cars on your layout immediately.

    But, if you didn’t... Now you have a very important decision to make. It may even be life changing... (cue dramatic music)

    The Question: Do I replace the “clone knuckle couplers”* that came on that my cars with Kadee® Magne-Matic® couplers? Or do I just leave the clone knuckle couplers installed that came with the car?

    This decision is not one to be taken lightly. The fate of your layout, and possibly your sanity, may be affected by this life-altering decision... (cue dramatic music)

    If you choose to leave the clone knuckle couplers on your cars, you will experience a very basic and limited c

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  4. Coupler Mounting Tips

    Here are some hints that applies to all model railroading scales that use Kadee® Magne-Matic® Knuckle Couplers. Many problems with couplers can be avoided if enough time is spent making sure the couplers are at the proper height, securely mounted, and fine tuned where needed. “Close enough” is not a good practice if you want reliable coupler performance.

    All of your couplers need to be mounted at the same height using a coupler height gauge and be as level as possible with no droop or slant. Even if the coupler pocket (draft gear box) is level, the coupler itself may not fit into the box properly and droop or at least have some vertical play. Check all of your couplers with one of our coupler height gauges for the particular scale you are working with. Our Coupler Height Gauges will help you with proper coupler heights, trip pin heights, and other helpful features that are built in to the Coupler Height Gauges depending on the style of height gauge you chose to use. Some model

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  5. Constant

    We’re getting closer to Spring Time and I hope the weather knows that too. Our New Year’s resolutions are just vague memories now, Christmas debts are really pinching the budget, and you still haven’t figured out how to use all the features on your new electronic communication device. Yet your new locomotives are still being enjoyed and some day you’ll get those kits built and add some new scenery and buildings to your layout.

    We are constantly facing cost increases in raw material, shipping, labor, insurance, local, state, and federal fees and taxes of all sorts. This is a “constant” never ending situation for all businesses. Now guess who those increases have to be passed onto, the consumer of course. It’s the vicious cycle of inflation usually caused by greed and government. For example, the vote desperate politicians pushing mandatory minimum wages without considering who has to pay for it. This simply adds to the ever increasing inflation. When a business has to raise

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  6. 2020 Amherst Train Show

    We just recently attended the Amherst Train Show in West Springfield, MA and I would say that it was one of the better ones judging from the last few years. For us the attendance and business (sales) was certainly higher than years past. Many other vendors said the same thing. The official attendance figures were 21,534 for a two day show and most of these attended on Saturday.

    It’s February already which means all of our well-intended New Year’s resolutions are fading away or forgotten completely. Many of us will be paying off Christmas debts for a long time. Many will still be trying to learn how to use their new upgraded fancy electronic not so smart phones or eye-tablets or whatever gizmos. Some may have their grandkids helping them figure stuff out. Many model railroaders should be adding new stuff to their layout, breaking in (or just breaking) a new locomotive, building some kits, or helping their grand kids enjoy model railroading as a trade-off for them helping wit

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  7. 2020

    I hope everyone had a great Christmas and are planning to have a Happy New Year. Make sure your new year's resolutions are realistic and achievable. You might even spend some time practicing writing 2020 a few times. We are starting a new decade of the 2020's and hopefully this coming decade will be happy and prosperous for all.

    Did you know that January is “National Hobby Month”? Check out the following web site, YouTube, and Facebook for more info. Also the National Retail Hobby Stores Association’s (NRHSA) has more info too.

    How much model railroading stuff did you get for Christmas? How much did you give for Christmas? Now it's time to get back to building layouts, building models, kit bashing and up grading models, coupler conversions, helping others and sharing your time and skills, and simply enjoying this great hobby. However, more importantly, is making sure your family is well cared

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  8. Christmas Spirit

    The below message is copied from last year’s Dec. #144 article as I can not improve much on what I said before except that we need Christ in our lives more than ever.

    It is Christmas time now and we hope that everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and, as I suggested last month, you made a special effort to better understand what Thanksgiving really means and then gave proper thanks for all you have. Christmas is another special time for giving thanks but it’s more focused on thanking God and Jesus Christ for all they have given us. The Christian world has set apart this time of year to celebrate the birth of Christ and what he has done for all the world, not just a part, or a select few, but the entire world and all mankind from the beginning to the end. Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the U.S.A. but Christmas is celebrated all through the Christian world.

    So here we are getting ready for another Christmas Holiday but unfortunately most people are focused on Santa Cla

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  9. Holiday Season & Trainfest

    It is now "The Holiday Season" with Thanksgiving coming on the 28th. The word Thanksgiving is self-defining "giving thanks" but thanks for what and to who? The first "official " Thanksgiving is dated 1621 about a year after the Mayflower Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. This Thanksgiving lasted about 3 days celebrating their first harvest and survival. However, there were many similar celebrations in the late 1500s and earlier 1600s up and down the east coast for basically the same reasons of landing safely from a long voyage and surviving the harsh environment.

    Since most of the early immigrants came here for some form of religious freedom they already had strong beliefs in "The Almighty God". As such their Thanksgiving was giving thanks to God for "all they had". These celebrations lasted on and off through the years and during the Revolutionary War Congress (who believed in God) appointed one or more Thanksgiving Days a year. The Continental-Confederation Congress, the

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  10. Sam The Answer Man (2015-2016)


    Trainfest & Bachmann dove tailed coupler arm (December 2016)

    Well, did you have a great Thanksgiving? If you did that's great and if not then why not? Most of us free Americans had four days off to be with our families and spend quality time with them which is the most important thing we can do. Hopefully, you were able to help some of your family enjoy model railroading and get them interested in this hobby, which can be enjoyed by the entire family.

    Now if Thanksgiving worked out well you should be planning a fabulous Christmas Holiday with your family which, of course, includes some family model railroading. Don't just hide in your basement, garage, attic, or spare room playing with your trains alone. If your family is not interested in your model railroading do something uniquely special to show them that they'd want to come and see. But if they are still not interested, set your trains aside and spend the time

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