I spent my youth in two different locations in my small town Oklahoma upbringing not 100ft from Sante Fe tracks. Rode my bike up them and watched the trains pass daily without ever knowing it was anything more than a 'train'. Having a son changed all that. My then 2-yr-old liked trains and began really expressing an interest in them. Because of him we've been to see and ride several real trains that include the White Pass and the Cass Scenic. We have a small and still-under construction HO setup and he enjoys it immensely. I am still learing and have to read a good bit to keep up. Our daily commute takes us past a fairly large manufacturing switching yard (NS) and cross both NS and CSX lines. From our home we can hear the trains pass over two tunnels within minutes of the house. One of the locos he's had the longest is a bachmann N&W 610 4-8-4 Northern. Now that we have the tracks secured to the layout board (and are set on the design) there is a problem with the articulation between this loco and it's tender. The loco could traverse a section of switches that allow moving from our outer loop to the inner and back again along one straight. The problem is the coupler doesn't allow the loco and tender to offset enough. This has the affect of lifting the rear trucks on the tender off the track and/or the leading truck on the loco which then causes the drivers to step off the rail. I have tried to modify the coupler somewhat, but it's very limiting in what you can do because of a lack of material. Does Kadee or someone else sell a replacement that will articulate more...? What are my options other than laying out the tracks differently...? We use EZ track so changing contours is really not an option. We use this track because I never imagined we'd build a board or layout and we got this type of track for my son to setup the layout on the floor of his room. We'd invested a good bit to get him electric switches, bumpers, and lots of track so he could get some decent stuff going. Besides, it's real easy to work with and replace/repair sections as needed. As a novice/newbie that's just the way it's going to be until my son gets a little older and can help his old man out. I wasn't really planning on a new hobby as I got older, but it's fun to watch my son 'work' the consists on his layout. Maybe I'll post a link up with a few pictures soon.