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I'm wondering what the hole on the new buffer plates could be used for, since they don't have studs on the top.

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I take it you mean the 2x2 stud attaching point of part 64424 etc? I always found that odd, and only useful on one occasion when I discovered I could route a gear train through it for a compact shunter. It didn't work anyway!

Considering the buffer beam is almost always used officially in the recess on the train wheel assembly, which therefore has studs higher than it, having a smooth top really makes no sense. It's not as if that part might be on the underside of a train base plate on a bogie and need to move side to side.

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Thanks for the info, ColletArrow. I've just been experimenting, and I found a way of using that hole:

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Probably wouldn't work with the snowplough design.

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