Coupler problems - need advice

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#1
I have Kato #176-4372 NW2 that will not couple with my Micro Trains #120 00 262 box car nor my Micro Trains #035 00 242 B & O stock car. Furthermore, I'm planning for magnetic decoupling. Given that all are n scale, what Micro Trains couplers should I use to replace both front and rear couplers on the loco?
 

Greg@mnrr

Section Hand
#2
xxtwobuck: Check Micro-Trains website for a chart that should show which of their couplers would fit your Kato locomotive. If the locomotive isn't shown, give them a call. Micro-Trains was part of Kaydee until 1990 when the N scale company was spun off.

mtl@microtrain.com

Greg
 

wombat457

Well-Known Member
Staff member
#3
xxtwobuck,

Interesting issue ... the majority of my engines are Kato and the majority of my rolling stock/pax cars are Micro Trains. While coupling the Kato's to an MT is a bit fiddly, I haven't had any that simply wont couple together.

Can you describe exactly what is, or isn't, happening with yours?
 
#4
I need to get my specs and a good light and will do so soon and get back. However, I'm moving toward a switching layout featuring lots of switching so having to fiddle with the couplers to get them to mesh has little appeal.
 
#5
Yeah, Kato don't like to couple with Atlas or Micro-Trains. They don't like to uncouple period. Which is fine if you have a passenger train that never needs to uncouple, but otherwise...

In any case, a 2004 coupler will fix you up on that NW2. Other than a couple of aforementioned passenger trains I've converted all my Kato locos to MT couplers and they're normally among the easiest to do.
 



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