Are Kato and Micro-Trains couplers compatible?

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I'm getting back into N scale modeling after a break of about 10 years. My rolling stock is primarily Micro-Trains cars. I just got a new DCC Kato ES44AC locomotive today. I put it on a small switching layout I have set up at home and it moves around fine. The problem is that it won't couple to the Micro-Trains cars (which interferes with my switching operations).

Are the two couplers not compatible?


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They both work by themselves, though as you have found out, they don't play very well together. Best thing is to simply get some MT couplers for your new locomotive.


junk collector
Kato and MTL couplers don't connect to each other when simply bumping them together. But I can lift one over the other and drop it into place. Then they stay connected just fine. However, nothing beats the near perfection of using MTL couplers on everything. 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