Aristo-Craft Trains (REA) - Large Scale Coupler Conversions



Once you have lookup our suggested starting coupler* below you can use the link from the model to take you to the How To Instructions and Diagrams for that model; these instructions will help you with the coupler installation process.
Aristo-Craft Trains (REA)





Note: Our conversions typically requiring the least modification to a model. The How To Instructions and Diagrams are based of the Original Style Coupler.

Note: If the coupler conversion doesn't have a "New Generation" Type "E" Coupler option listed it is not available. If you would like "New Generation" Type "E" Couplers, you will need to purchase the listed coupler package (in order to have the necessary components for conversion) & then you would need to purchase the appropriate "New Generation" Type "E" Coupler replacement couplers & swap out couplers in original conversion. Use the coupler cross reference chart description or coupler description from Kadee® web site product page to identify the coupler style included in the packaging. The #782, #783, #1782 & #1783 have modified couplers that are not available in the "New Generation" Type "E" Coupler.

Note: Kadee®-RC Couplers can only be body mounted.

Always check the #1-Scale coupler heights with either our #829 or Type "E" #1929 #1-Scale Coupler Height Gauge and check the G-Scale coupler heights with either our #880 or Type "E" #980 G-Scale Coupler Height Gauge. Please visit our trouble shooting page for helpful hints.

  AAR
Type E
G Coupler

Original Style
G Coupler

Kadee®
Remote
G Coupler

AAR
Type E
#1 Coupler

Original Style
#1 Coupler

0-4-0 Switcher

0-4-0 Switcher Conversion

2-4-2 Rogers Loco
Rear Only

2-4-2 Rogers Loco (Rear Only) Conversion

2-8-0 Consolidation
C-16 (Tender Only)

2-8-2 Mikado
Pilot

2-8-2 Mikado (Pilot) Conversion

2-8-2 Mikado
Vanderbilt Tender
(#1 Scale add
.075” shim)

2-8-2 Mikado Vanderbilt Tender - (#1 Scale add .075” shim) Conversion

2-8-2 Mikado
Slope Back Tender
#21900 Series

2-8-2 Mikado Slope Back Tender (#21900 Series) Conversion

 

2-8-8-2 Mallet
Pilot

 

2-8-8-2 Mallet
Tender

4-6-2 Pacific
Tender Only

4-6-2 Pacific (Tender Only) Conversion

FA-1 Diesel Loco
First Production

 
 
 

FB-1 Diesel Loco
First Production

 
 
 

Lil’ Critter

 
 
 

Center Cab
Industrial Switcher

 
 
 

E-8

GP-40

 

RDC
Budd RDC-1

 
 

RS-3 Diesel
8 Foot Diameter

 
 
 

RS-3 Diesel
Less than 8 Ft
Diameter

 
 
 

RS-3 Diesel
More than 8 Ft
Diameter

 

GE Dash 9-44 CW

GE Dash 9-44 CW Conversion
 
 

GE U-25 B
Locomotive

 

SD-45
Diesel Locomotive

SD-45 Diesel Locomotive Conversion
 

Doodle Bug
Rail Car (Front)

Doodle Bug Rail Car - (Front) Conversion
 

Doodle Bug
Rail Car (Rear)

Doodle Bug Rail Car - (Rear) Conversion

Eggliner Locomotive

Eggliner Locomotive Conversion
 

Rail Bus
(Rear)

Rail Bus (Rear) Conversion

Snow Plow

Snow Plow Conversion
 
 

Rolling Stock

Smooth Side
Passenger Cars
(Mounted on Top
of Extension)

Smooth Side Passenger Cars (mounted on “top” of extension) Conversion

 

Streamline
Passenger Car

Streamline Passenger Car Conversion

Heavyweight
Passenger Car
Conversion Platform
(Coupler Not Included)

 
 

Heavyweight
Passenger Car
Flex Bracket
(Coupler Not Included)

 
 

*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.

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