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Bachmann 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 coupler conversion

Started by Dave K., July 06, 2021, 11:18:49 AM

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Dave K.

I want to convert the tenders to MTL couplers.  Any tips?



Micro Trains lists the 1133 coupler (new part number 001 33 030) as the proper one for body mount conversions. These must be assembled, which can be trying. Tying the coupler pieces together with thread, and feeding a piece of thread through the spring, when assembling them helps to keep everything from flying apart. Assemble them while holding everything inside a large Ziploc bag just to be sure.

A second option would be to shave the tender flat where the coupler is and install an assembled MT 1015 or 1016. Harder to do as far as prep work, but much easier as far as the actual coupler itself.

Alternatively, you could remove the coupler and box completely and replace the rear truck with the Bachmann freight truck that has an EZ Mate coupler. Going that route will limit the amount of swing on the rear truck, though, because the coupler will hit the rear tender steps.