Bachmann - HO Coupler Conversions



NOTE: Our conversions typically requiring the least modification to a model. The How To Instructions and Diagrams are based of the Standard Coupler; they will still be a good guide for the Whisker® & Other suggested coupler options. Always check the coupler heights with either our #205 or newer #206 Coupler Height Gauge.
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Stop & Read This! Newer HO-Scale Models with Factory Knuckle Couplers will not be listed. They are easily converted by using our #148 or "scale" head #158 Whisker® Couplers.

**Note: Some manufacturers now produce models with non-industry standard coupler pockets. These shallower coupler pockets may require slight modification to the gearbox or coupler to function properly. If the model has a removable gearbox it can be replaced with a Kadee® gearbox. If the model has a molded-on gearbox, the coupler shank may be filed thinner to fit.

  Whisker® Metal Coupler Standard Coupler Other Coupler Options

0-6-0 USRA Switcher (late)

0-6-0 USRA Switcher (late) Conversion
 
 

0-6-0 USRA Switcher (newer)

0-6-0 USRA Switcher (newer) Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

2-6-2 Prairie

2-6-2 Prairie Conversion
Any Medium Centerset Coupler

2-8-0 Consolidation

2-8-0 Consolidation Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

2-8-2 Mikado

2-8-2 Mikado Conversion
Any Medium Centerset Coupler

2-10-4 Texas

2-10-4 Texas Conversion
Any Medium Centerset Coupler

4-4-0 American & Jupiter (older) (Tender only)

4-4-0 American & Jupiter (older) (Tender only) Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

4-4-0 American & Jupiter (newer) (Tender only)

Kadee 4-4-0 American & Jupiter (newer) (Tender only) Conversion
 
 

4-8-4 GS4 (Tender only)

Kadee 4-8-4 GS4 (Tender only) Conversion
 
 

Steem Locomotives
with Factory Knuckle Couplers

Steem Locomotives 
with Factory Knuckle Couplers
 
#118, #119, #158

2-10-0 Russian Decapod 2-6-2 Prairie 2-8-4 Berkshire 4-6-2 USRA Light Pacific American 4-4-0 Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation Baldwin 4-6-0 GS4 4-8-4 N&W Class J 4-8-4 USRA 0-6-0 USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2

EMD F-9

Kadee 4EMD F-9 Conversion
 
 

EMD F-45

Kadee EMD F-45 Conversion
 
 

EMD GP-18

Kadee EMD GP-18 Conversion
 
 

EMD GP-40

Kadee EMD GP-40 Conversion
 
 

EMD GP-50

Kadee EMD GP-50 Conversion
 
 

EMD SD-40-2

Kadee EMD SD-40-2 Conversion
 
 

GE B 30-7

Kadee GE B 30-7 Conversion
 
 

GE E-60-CP Electric (Amtrak)

Kadee GE E-60-CP Electric (Amtrak) Conversion
 
 

GE U-36-B

Kadee GE U-36-B Conversion
 
 

Plymouth 35 Ton Switcher

Kadee Plymouth 35 Ton Switcher Conversion
 
#147
in a
#252 Gearbox

Diesel Locomotives
with Factory Knuckle Couplers

Diesel Locomotives 
with Factory Knuckle Couplers
 
#118, #119, #158

ALC-42 Diesel Electric Charger SC-44 Diesel-Electric EMD E7-A EMD SD70ACE GE ES44AC GP38-2 GP40 SD40-2 GG-1 Siemens ACS-64

All Freight Cars (Generic)

All Freight Cars (Generic) Conversion
#147 Truck Mount
in a
#252 Gearbox

40' Steam Era Box Car 50' Plug Door 50' Sliding Door ACF 50.5' Outside Braced Evans All-Door FRED 50' Outside Braced Box Car Hi-Cube Box Car w/ Sliding Door Old Time Box Car

 

Box Car, 56' All Door

Box Car, 56' All Door Conversion
 
#148 or #158
in a
#252 Gearbox

All Cabooses

All Cabooses Conversion
 
#147
in a
#252 Gearbox

36' Wide-Vision Bay-Window Caboose Northeast Steel Old-Time Bobber Streamlined with Off-Set Cupola

Crane Car (Lifting)

 
 

Freight Cars
with Factory Knuckle Couplers

Freight Cars 
with Factory Knuckle Couplers
 
#118, #119, #158

52' Center-Beam Flatcar 52' Center-Depressed 52' Flat Car 52ft Flat Car w/ 35ft Trailer ACF 40' Log Car 40' Gondola 50'6" Drop-End Gondola 4 Bay Cylindrical Grain 40' Quad 55-Ton 2-Bay USRA Outside Braced 56' ACF Center-Flow Bethlehem Steel 100 Ton 3 Bay Canadian Grain Hoppers w/FRED PS-2 Covered Hopper 250-Ton Crane & Boom Tender Blacksmith Car Derrick Car Ore Car Poultry Transport Car Refrigerated Box Cars 40 FT Wood-side Refrigerated 50' Steel Reefer Track Cleaning Wood-Side Reefer Schnabel Car 40' Animated Stock Car 40' Stock Car 40' Single-Dome Tank Car 40' Three-Dome Tank Car Old-Time Tank Car Track-Cleaning Tank Car Test Weight Cars

Budd 85' Coach

Budd 85' Coach Conversion
 
 

Passenger Cars 85'

Passenger Cars 85' Conversion
 
 

Passenger Cars
with Factory Knuckle Couplers

Passenger Cars 
with Factory Knuckle Couplers
 
#118, #119, #158

1860 - 1880 Era Passenger Car 85' Budd Amfleet 85' Budd Full Dome 89' Colorado Railcar Full-Dome Acela® BusinessClass Car Heavyweight Cars Jackson Sharp Open Excursion Car Open-Sided Excursion Car Smooth-Side Cars

Hogwarts Express - Locomotive and Tender

Hogwarts Express Locomotive and Tender Conversion
 
#148 Pilot
in a
#252 Gearbox

Hogwarts Express - Cars

Hogwarts Express Cars Conversion
 

in a

 

Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine - Thomas Conversion
 
#148
in a
#252 Gearbox

Thomas the Tank Engine - James

Thomas the Tank Engine - James Conversion
 
#148
in a
#252 Gearbox

Thomas the Tank Engine - Most Cars

Thomas the Tank Engine - Most Cars Conversion
 
#148
in a
#252 Gearbox

Electric Train Sets
with Factory Knuckle Couplers

Electric Train Sets
with Factory Knuckle Couplers
 
#118, #119, #158

Canyon Chief Chattanooga Chessie Special Coastliner Digital Commander Durango & Silverton Echo Valley Express Harvest Express Jingle Bell Express McKinley Explorer Norman Rockwell Freedom Train North Pole Express Overland Limited Pacific Flyer Rail Chief Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey™ Greatest Show on Earth Santa Fe Flyer Strike Force Thoroughbred Thunder Chief

Anywhere a NO.5® is listed, the #28, #58 or #118, #119, #158, #148 Whisker Coupler can be used in its place.


*Our conversion's based on only one model from a production run, there may be inconsistencies in a model's production run that require a different coupler or model modifications to achieve the proper coupler height for coupler function.

** Metal Coupler Note: It is not recommended to use a metal coupler directly on a metal surface to avoid the possible electrical crossover or shorting that may cause damage.

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