Life-Like Trains Proto 2000 - 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.
Life-Like Trains Proto 2000





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

Alco FA-1

Alco FA-1 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

Alco FB-1

Alco FB-1 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

Alco FA-2

Alco FA-2 Conversion

 
 

Alco FB-2

Alco FB-2 Conversion
 
 

Alco PA and PB

Alco PA and PB Conversion
 
 

Alco PA and PB
For Close Coupling

 
 

Alco S-1

Alco S-1 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD BL-2 Diesel

EMD BL-2 Diesel Conversion
 
#142
in a
#252 Gearbox

EMD E-6 A & B

EMD E-6 A & B Conversion
 
 

EMD E-6 A & B
For Close Coupling

EMD E-6 A & B Conversion
 
 

EMD E-7 A & B

EMD E-7 A & B Conversion
 
 

EMD E-8/9 A

EMD E-8/9 A Conversion
 
Discontinued


#453
 

EMD E-8/9 (New Production)

 
 

EMD E-8/9 (New Production)
For Close Coupling

 
 

EMD GP-9

EMD GP-9 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD GP-18

EMD GP-18 Conversion
 
#148 or #158
in a
#252 Gearbox

EMD GP-18 (New Production)

EMD GP-18 (New Production) Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD GP-20

EMD GP-20 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD GP-30

EMD GP-30 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD GP-38-2

EMD GP-38-2 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD GP-60

EMD GP-60 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD SD-7

EMD SD-7 Conversion
 
#143
in a
#252 Gearbox

EMD SD-9

EMD SD-9 Conversion
 
#143
in a
#252 Gearbox

EMD SD-45

EMD SD-45 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD SD-60

EMD SD-60 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD SD-60M

EMD SD-60M Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD SW-600, 8, 900

EMD SW-600, 8, 900 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

EMD SW-9/1200

EMD SW-9/1200 Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

Box Car, 50’ DD Auto

Box Car, 50’ DD Auto Conversion
#143
in a
#252 Gearbox

Caboose

Caboose Conversion
 
#148 or #158
in a
#252 Gearbox

Other Freight Car Kits

Other Freight Car Kits Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

Factory Assembled Cars (RTR)

Factory Assembled Cars (RTR) Conversion
#28, #58
or
#118, #119, #158

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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