couplers and wheel Q's

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by 13Mtrainer, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. 13Mtrainer

    13Mtrainer Member

    i have some questions on what type of couplers are the best and there price and what wheels are the best and there price to. if you have any links please post them. :)
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The best couplers are the "Ol; reliable" #5 Kadees, which work on almost everything. For special applications Kadee has a huge line of other couplers, plus a "conversion guide".

    For wheels, I like the Proto2000 metal wheels. I get mostly 33" ribbed back (my era is 20s and 30s). I have also tried a set of Atlas caboose trucks, which come with metal wheels too - also nice. I should note that the majority of my wheel retrofits are in Accurail or Roundhouse kits.

  3. jdscales040

    jdscales040 Member

    I use Kadee's #58 coupler in everything but tank cars. There I'm converting to Kadee's new #118 shelf coupler.
    As far as wheelsets, every car has metal wheels. I won't even think about plastic. I'm starting to convert all the wheels to semi-scale 88 wheel treads.
    John D.
  4. 13Mtrainer

    13Mtrainer Member

    thanks guys do you know what the price range is? and do you have any links or pics of them.
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Just go to and look them up yourself. They have price and pictures on line there.
  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Prices vary--normally you can get packs of 10 pairs of Kadee #5's for around $14. Proto 2000 are good, but personally i prefer Intermountain metal wheelsets, which run $8-9 for a pack of 12 axles (enough for 3 cars.) This can add up if you have a lot of cars (although you can save quite a bit by getting them in packs of 100 instead, for around $60) but they make a huge difference in the smooth operation, better appearance, cleaner track and easier uncoupling of your trains.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The Kaddee #5's are probably your best bet on a budget. Since the patent expired, allowing other manufacturers to make copies of the Kaddee #5, the price has come down considerably. I think I've seen 10 packs for about $20.00. If I remember correctly, the Proto 2000 wheelsets are the least expensive metal wheelsets available.
  8. 13Mtrainer

    13Mtrainer Member

    cool thanks alot you guys this will help me a lot.
  9. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    no, no, no, these guys have it all wrong. You want to use Micro-Trains trucks and couplers. :thumb:

    See, what you do is you go out, but a 10pack of Barber Roller Bearing trucks with short extension couplers, then find some rolling stock to put them on, then find a locomotive to pull it, then get the track and a powerpack, and you're all set.

    It will be Nchanting... :thumb:
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Best price I have seen for P2K wheels is CAN$8.95 from Canadian Express Lines (mail order) in Montreal. If you google it, you should find a link - my bookmarks are on another computer... :rolleyes:

  11. 13Mtrainer

    13Mtrainer Member

    thanks every body i have a lot of rolling stock to convert about 40 +

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