I fit male coupling plates to the locomotives and female coupling plates to both ends of restaurant cars.
Hornby MkIII Carriages.
The Coupling System can be fitted in the same way but it can’t be fitted to the power cars.
The draw bar has to be modified with two steps in it to pass between the chassis and the tanks.
The base plate is modified to fit inside the chassis.
The slot in the tank is to allow the coupling draw bar to pass through on installation.
The Lima Power Car
Take the XP64/Br Mk II end plates and turn them into the BR Mk III end plates.
For use on radius 1 curves the swing of the draw bar has been extended 1mm on each side by carving away the outer ends of the guide radii.
Mk III Carriages
This method is used for all Hornby , Joef and Lima carriages
Remove the end section of the existing corridor connection.
The real thing
Note that HST carriages do not have buffers.
The carriage end ready to be clipped back on.
The base plate is sunk into the floor and is flush with the under side of the floor.
End plate spigot.
Install the floating end plate.
Cut an 8mm hole to allow the fixing washer to pass through.
Unclip the end from the carriage and insert packing pieces in either side of the corridor connection.