Tagged With "Kadees"

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Fixed Pilot and Scale Coupler installed on FM Erie Built

Steven Michael ·
I just finished installing a scale coupler and fix pilot on my Atlas O Erie Built. Yesterday I put on the included pilot as it came with the cover over the coupler hole, but I realized it stuck out way too far, and we run them in freight service so it shouldn't be on there anyway. Today my dad ran up to the hobby store and got a pack of Kadees to put on it. I removed the screw that holds the cover onto the pilot. I then built up the mounting pad with three sheets of styrene, not sure how...
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Kadee couplers to Claw couplers

mike g. ·
Hi there everyone, Here is an off the wall question. Has anyone ever gotten and Engine with Kadee couplers that came with claw couplers cut off, then retro fitted the claw couplers back on some how?
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MTH PRR LS25, mild 3RSing of

Norm Charbonneau ·
I had wanted one of these for a long time when one finally popped up for sale here on OGR. I always thought it would make a good fixed pilot/Kadee model. Here is a shot of it sitting in town: I would share some video of its test run but I managed to launch all of its traction tires. I started the fixed pilot conversion by cutting the truck mounts off: I then devised a way to mount them to the frame, mostly to align it with the shell: This setup allows access to the fore/aft shell screws. I...
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Three Rail O Scale Atlas, Red Caboose, and MTH Freight Cars with Kadees for Sale (except for one car) - Prices Reduced

gnnpnut ·
I have the following freight cars for sale. Red Caboose Northern Pacific Wooden Ice Refrigerator Cars, car numbers 90078, 90336, and 90376.  $35.00 each shipped.  Brand new except for Kadee installation, never run. . Atlas Northern Pacific Double Door Box Cars.  Four car numbers  Brand New except for Kadee installation.  $49.00 each shipped.  All four cars for $185.00 shipped, and will be shipped in the original Atlas shipping box.   MTH Norfolk and...
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MTH & Kadee Coupler & Draft Gear Box

PSU1980 ·
Forum Members, I just received my 2016 V2 Catalog along with the 2016 Ready to Run Catalog. On page 63 they are promoting item 20-89019, the metal, No. 805 Kadee Coupler and Draft Gear Box. Question is this a simple Remove and Replace? Do you need the shims? Do you need screws? Does the kit come with the Shims and Screws? Please confirm if you have performed the replacement on MTH. Lionel is now making the frame, thank you Lionel, on the newer rolling stock - Kadee Coupler ready - I believe...
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For Sale: SUNSET 2 Rails Late Number UP Bigboy Anniversary Edition - Never run

Yves ·
I have to downsize my collection and I am selling some of my favorite engines: a SUNSET 2 Rails Late Model Bigboy of 2002 Anniversary Edition. This model was produced in 2002 and only 100 of them were built. It is the Anniversary Edition and sports a lot of very fine details. The model has never be run with the exception of a little time on the rollers, for light lubrication and verification of the mechanism. It is currently running very smoothly in both directions. I just equipped the...
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Installing Kadee Couplers using Mario's( CentralFan1976 ) Shapeway products PT 2 Weaver RS11

suzukovich ·
Mario AKA CentralFan1976 ( https://www.shapeways.com/shops/gandyman ) sells Lionel Kadee mounts on Shapeways for GP7/9, GP30, and GP40s. After I installed them on a pair of Lionel GP9s. The good idea fairy set in and I decided to do an install on a MTH GP35. The purpose of this thread and others, is to show how adapt his products for other uses. The Part 2 is the install of Kadees on the Weaver RS11 You will note that I haven't gone full out and fixing the pilots in place. That will come...
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Thinking about vintage atlas, rivarossi, ahm

Paul Moore ·
I was thinking about getting into vintage 2 rail trains. This will not effect my 3 rail endeavors. Is there anything I need to know about these trains? Are there any flaws with them? I'd like to convert them to kadees. Which kadees should I use? Also, how much should I pay for cars and engines? Engines I would like to run: -Atlas F-9 -Rivarossi C-liner Atlas & AHM Plymouth
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Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

jonnyspeed ·
Incase I posted this question in the wrong forum last week... I noticed in the 2016 v2 catalog that the Hi-Rail steam engines are listed as having "O scale Kadee-compatible coupler mounting pads". Is that accurate or was it a printing mistake? In the past only the scale wheel steam had Kadee pads. It would be great if the Hi-Rail models had that option too. Thanks.
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Installing Kadee Couplers using Mario's( CentralFan1976 ) Shapeway products: update 27 Oct MTH GP30

suzukovich ·
I have been upgrading my Engine fleet with Kadees for the last couple of months. Mario AKA CentralFan1976 ( https://www.shapeways.com/shops/gandyman ) sells Lionel Kadee mounts on Shapeways for GP7/9, GP30, and GP40s. After I installed them on a pair of Lionel GP9s. The good idea fairy set in and I decided to do an install on a MTH GP35. The purpose of this thread and others, is to show how adapt his products for other uses. The first one is the install of Kadees on the MTH Premier SD45 Part...
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Kadee 740 coupler & locomotive electrocoupler compatibility?

MI-Marc ·
I am thinking about switching to Kadee couplers on my 3-rail O layout (under construction). My minimum radius is 36" (O-72 curves), O-72 turnouts, and #4 turnouts. I would like to know anyone's experience using the "new" Kadee 740 couplers with the electrocouplers on MTH, Lionel, and Atlas locomotives. Most of my locomotives (steam & diesel) are MTH, but I have some TMCC locomotives (Lionel, Atlas & 3rd Rail). I would like to continue to use all my locomotives' electrocouplers, using...
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MTH E6 Fixed Pilot & Kadee Conversion?

Rapid Transit Holmes ·
Having searched using all the variations of the above that I could imagine and having come up empty, I appeal to the membership for advice. I am addicted to E6 locomotives and have several that I'd like to convert but want to get it right the first time. Who among us has tackled this project and can offer advice?
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Lionel Die Cast Hopper Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
After the good looks of the truck mounted coupler on the die cast hopper, I designed a coupler mount to fit in the notch in the center sill. Test print:
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Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
I guess I'm a little late to the party, as members I talk with about this have either already done them, or have been patiently waiting. Well, without too much more to wait, the design is finished and being test printed as we speak. Like others, this will be self-aligning and should be easy to place and easy to use. Thanks, Mario
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8-Minute Lionel Scale Milk Car Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
Finally! The coupler mount for the Lionel scale Milk Reefers are in Beta testing! Stay tuned! Thanks, Mario
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PS-1 Conversion Sunday

CentralFan1976 ·
I got a little time to work on some Kadee coupler conversions, so I'm just chugging along converting my Lionel freight car roster and did the next four cars. They're all PS-1 boxcars; some with 6' doors and some with 8'. thanks. Mario
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Kadee 740 Couplers

Alan Hummel ·
Are the 740 couplers,a good coupler for 50&60ft modern freight or is the 745 a better choice do to the longer shank? Thanks to all for your replies in advance. Al Hummel
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3RS-ing a Commodore Vanderbilt

CentralFan1976 ·
Phase 1: Complete stripping of everything down to the frame for overhaul, including the tender and trucks in prepping for Kadee install. The gearbox was opened and all that gunk was cleaned out with toothpicks, Q-tips, and finally brake cleaner. Then the transmission was shimmed to remove any play, and a new 21st century electronics package was installed: ERR Cruise Commander GRJ's Chuff Generator (totally worth it!) GRJ's Super Chuffer (worth even more!) LED headlight (with Bondic for a...
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Kadees on Lionel 89' Autorack

Will Ebbert ·
I apologize if this post has already been done before (I haven't found any). Has anyone put scale couplers or wheels on the Lionel 89' autoracks? If so any tips/ suggestions?
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MTH Flat car w/40ft trailer and the missing Kadee mounting pads

Bevis King ·
I recently bought an MTH flat car w/40ft trailer in British Columbia Railway livery (20-95119). Both the MTH website and the dealer's site listed both 2-rail convertable and Kadee compatible mounting pads as features of this car. It seems to take the 2-rail truck conversion as expected but the Kadee compatible mounting pads are completely missing as shown in the picture below. The car does seem quite a lot lower on 2-rail trucks and I was wondering if anyone here had done this conversion...
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CONVERTING MTH 72FT CENTERBEAM'S FROM 3 RAIL TO 2 RAIL TRUCKS.

Alan Hummel ·
I have 1 MTH Centerbeam that I'd like to convert from 3 rail trucks to 2 rail Atlas Trucks and Protocraft or Kadee couplers. Looking at the car floor,I don't see a way to get to the 3 rail trucks-can it be done? Also,is it possible to mount Atlas trucks to these cars? Thanks to everyone for your help. Al Hummel
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Scale City Designs new website

Marty Milner ·
Check out our new website more pictures, more items including Arttista figures, Kadee couplers, Tichey windows and doors, and Tru color paint.
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Want to trade: more nice items to trade for HO

rustyrail o scale ·
Want to trade these O scale items for HO freight cars or unbuilt structure kits. Cars must readily accept Kadee couplers like Walthers, McKean, Roundhouse, Athearn etc. No Tyco, AHM and the like. Also would trade for other HO items. Let me know what you got. All items below are new or like new except some of the Lionel semi's are lightly used.
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Metal vs. Plastic Gearboxes for Kadees

Will Ebbert ·
What are y'alls preferences on plastic vs metal gearboxes? Right now I only have plastic but I'm about to order more couplers and want some input. Thanks!
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Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Since there was some interest expressed in the Williams GP9 pilot thread here , I figured I would post some details of the design for the pilots I'm doing for my SD90. It's an old one and we've been through a lot together, lol, so it's also one of my favorites. First, a few overall views of the design: The blue and gray parts are models of the existing chassis and body shell. Everything else is part of the new assembly. The pilot is intended to be bonded to the body shell, so that the joint...
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Lionel SD70M

Will Ebbert ·
I'm planning on fixing the pilot of my Lionel SD70M (not sure if I want lobster claw or Kadee) and I was wondering if anyone on here has done one of these before and has any tips. Also need a good fuel tank for it.
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Kadees on Atlas O California Zephyr

Will Ebbert ·
Last night I went to put 746's on my Atlas CZ cars and was surprised to see that the holes on the underside of the cars didn't line up with the draft gear box. Are the holes on the cars designed for Atlas scale couplers? I thought the holes would be the same for each since putting Kadees on Atlas freight cars is super easy.
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Kadee body mount couplers & #4 turnout question

MI-Marc ·
Does anyone using Kadee body mount couplers on rolling stock have problems using #4 turnouts as crossovers or in yards? I am working on my 3-rail layout plans with RR-Track to use only Ross turnouts. I am planning to use Ross #4 crossovers (RCS model #175) on the mainline and Ross #4 turnouts (RCS model #200 & #201) in the yards, which will create my only "S" curves. I will use some Ross O72 turnouts, but not as "S" curves. My minimum radius is 36" (O72). Ultimately, I would like to...
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General 2 Rail Questions

NS6770Fan ·
How easy would it be to convert my Lionel NS SD60E #911 and RDG 5513 to 2 rail wheels and Kadee couplers? I would like to start converting everything to 2 Rail. Are there kits out there, or would I have to take them to someone to retrofit them for me? I haven’t been able to find any info on this. Also, if I wanted to run DCC and Legacy on the same tracks, could I install a DPDT switch to switch the main line between the two? I’m a total newbie in 2RS, so any information is a help.
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Replacing Bachmann On30 couplers

C.M McMahon ·
The Kadee 803 couplers do not work particularly with the Bachmann On30 couplers. Any suggestions as which kadee to use to replace the Bachmann couplers as the 803 doesn't fit well in the draft box.
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DCS ELECTRIC KADEE FOR LOCOMOTIVES

bostonrrman ·
Kadee has an electric coupler for G Scale locomotives and cars. Has anyone attempted to do this with an "O Scale" command control locomotive (TMCC OR DCS)? I like the look and operation of Kadees, but am unwilling to give up the remote couplers on locomotives. (I am aware of Kadee's delayed action). Delayed action IS NOT "Remote Control". Small servo to open the knuckle perhaps???
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Kadee couplers on 042 curves?

Todd Poole ·
I am building a small layout with 042 ross curves. I assume that kadee couplers are out of the question? Thanks- Todd P.
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Kadee uncoupling procedure

MTHPRRGURU ·
I was doing a search and i couldnt find the answer to a question in regards to Kadee coupler conversion. I want to convert my O scale passenger car fleet to Kadee couplers, but i also want to be able to use my MTH uncoupling sections i have installed in my layout. Does anybody know if the couplers will "operate" on the MTH RealTrax uncoupling track section or if my only option is to retro fit and install the uncoupling magnets offered by Kadee.
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mounting Kadee couplers on legacy diesel engines

BillG ·
how to with video or pictures would help .
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Train length

Guitarmike ·
One of the goals I want to reach with my new model railroad is to be able to run long trains. I have read posts by folks here saying the stock couplers we use cannot handle the strain of a long train and if you want to run long trains convert to kadee couplers. Fortunately I am at the beginning stages of building the empire and if converting to kadees makes sense, now is the time to do it. Here is a run down of what I have: K-line scale Hudson K-line CNW 0-8-0 MTH scale Santa Fe Morthern...
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How Well Do Kadees Work With Fast-Angle Wheelsets?

geysergazer ·
Well folks, I feel like I'm on a slippery slope here. I've been operating a mostly switching pike using a Lionel PWC NW2 for motive power. Then I went and bought an MTH SW1500.....and I'm instantly hooked on DCS with speed control. The trouble is that with slow speed switching moves there isn't sufficient impact to cause the lobster-claws to latch, which brings me then to Kadees. The problem is that I have 2 hidden O36 curves and I don't know whether body-mounted Kadees will negotiate curves...
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FOR SALE : Kadee style Height Gauges. Non conductive for 3 rail or 2 rail

Trainman88 ·
I came across a box of height gauges that are very nice to have and use. Check coupler height right on your track and no short. You will know right away if your coupler is correct or not. We use them at my O Scale club and they work great on the DCC layout. I had to buy the entire box so I am selling the excess for what I paid. $25.00 each plus shipping. If interested, let me know, thanks!
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

rtr12 ·
AFAIK the MTH catalogs have been listing that feature for many engines for at least the last few catalogs. I wouldn't think a misprint would be let go that long?
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

jonnyspeed ·
I know that the recent H-10 and A5 don't have Kadee pads on the HiRail models. That's why I'm trying to figure out if this is a new offering or an old misprint that needs cleared up.
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

jonnyspeed ·
Do I get a prize for stumping MTH?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Hi Eric, Any updates from the first run of these conversion pilots?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Yep, the parts arrived while I was on vacation last week. I haven't had a chance to go over them in detail, but a quick fit check looked promising: BTW, if you are ever in the Denver area, be sure to check out the Georgetown Loop Railroad. They have an operating Shay locomotive as well as a few diesels. http://georgetownlooprr.com/
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, Looking really nice!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

AGHRMatt ·
It looks great. Can't wait until they're available. I'm in for three sets.
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Re: Thinking about vintage atlas, rivarossi, ahm

RICKC ·
I have 4 of the Atlas F-9s and 2 of the C-liners. I bought the F-9s years and years and years ago and the C-liners off eBay within the last year. I don't have a layout up only a loop of track. I don't run my trains very often and the ones that get run the least are the F-9s and the C-liners. Surprisingly, they all run very well for how old they are. I really like them a lot. F-9s pull pretty good but can't pull a lot of cars. Don't think I've ever pulled any cars with the C-Liners. Sorry, I...
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Re: Thinking about vintage atlas, rivarossi, ahm

Stephen Bloy ·
I wouldn't pay more than $30 or so, the F9's can suffer from split gears, there not hard to fix or, you can replace the axles with NWSL replacements, the axle on the inside of the gear tower can brake away, this can be fixed with a 3mm piece of steel rod or a nail. They both suffer from being under powered. The thing is all these things can be relatively easily fixed if you don't mind fiddling, and kadee's 805's would be fine. cTr...( Choose the Right )
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Jeff78rr ·
I really like this, and what an excellent model to do this upgrade to. How much are these going to cost, hoping they are available for re-sale? Thanks!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

theteejmiester ·
Yes! Yes! Yes! Very cool.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Laidoffsick ·
When you installed the pilot on your Williams engine, what did you use to "bond" it to the chassis/frame? I like the fact that the couplers are screwed into the frame, because they have to be to pull a sizeable load, or even used in a consist with other powered engines.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, Looking great! I thought I recall you saying that the MU, air lines and cut levers are now separate? Are you thinking you might add a tie or holder for the extra MU hose (yellow) you are showing? Are you going to add any rivet detail on the lower sheet for the rear pilot?
 
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