Athearn N-scale hopper spacing

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Does anyone have a GOOD method to reduce the spacing between Athearn 40' N-scale coal hoppers? The coupler boxes protrude too far and leave large gaps between the cars. I took off the trucks and couplers and ground down the coupler pads. Then I screwed on a MT truck with short-shank couplers. This reduced the gap somewhat but is a lot of work for just a little gain. Any other ideas? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.