N Scale Kato to MT coupler conversion

Tim Holmes Jul 21, 2018

  1. Tim Holmes

    Tim Holmes TrainBoard Member

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    HI Folks;

    I have a pair of Kato Locomotives that have a non moving knuckle coupler on them, I was originally told they would work no problem with MT couplers. They work but definitely NOT no problem. So here is what I am wondering, is there a coupler conversion to MT out there OR, what do I do, cant have the train un coupling when ever it feels like it

    Thanks
    TIM
     
  2. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  3. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

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    Which Kato locomotives are they Tim? Kato has sold locomotives with both semi-automatic and automatic knuckle couplers, but they have never sold a unit with "non-moving knuckle couplers." Perhaps somebody swapped the originals out for something else?
     
  4. Tim Holmes

    Tim Holmes TrainBoard Member

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    They are the P40FH and the SD90/43Mac -- Both were bought brand new -- the coupler is all one piece, and they will couple to MT but it is hard and they are not secure

    Tim
     
  5. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

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    Mosr Katos use micro trains 2004 couplers, with an offset shank. I just installed some in an RS 2 and unless you're very very patient with fiddly coupler assembly, but the assembled ones. These are a much bigger pain in the butt to assemble than 1015s.
     
  6. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

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    http://www.katousa.com/N/F40PH/index.html

    "All locomotives are equipped with body mounted KATO magnetic knuckle couplers."

    http://www.katousa.com/N/SD90MAC/index.html

    "Kato magnetic knuckle coupler"

    While they may not be what you were expecting, they are most certainly 2 piece automatic knuckle couplers. I understand that they might not couple to a MT as easily as another MT, but there is a trade off with that huge MT coupler.....
     
  7. Grantha

    Grantha TrainBoard Member

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    I’ve installed micro train couplers on a few Kato locomotives. It’s a pretty easy install to do.



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