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
 
 

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

All Freight Cars (Generic)

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

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

Crane Car (Lifting)

 
 

Budd 85’ Coach

Budd 85’ Coach Conversion
 
 

Passenger Cars 85’

Passenger Cars 85’ Conversion
 
 

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

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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