Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dr.5euss, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member


    I have a model power wagon, with Rapido couplings.

    Is it worth me changing them to Micro Trains? Anyone done this?

  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    No problem doing it here as the cheaper N scale cars track much better then their HO counterparts, most likely because the difference in mass isn't as noticable in N.
  3. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member

    Hi Shaygetz, thanks for the quick reply!

    Not entirely sure what you mean - is that a yes or a no?

  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Sorry:D ...that would be a yes.:thumb:
  5. dr.5euss

    dr.5euss Member

    Oh right thankssign1

    I'm just thinking, my model shop has 30/40 wagons, all with the Rapido coupling. If I'm going to buy all of them (in due course:D), then maybe I should stick with them?

    How easy is it to change from Rapido to MicroTrains etc - does the whole truck need doing or just the coupler?

  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    George: there are actually 3 ways to do it.
    1) replace the whole truck or bogie.
    2) replace the coupling in the truck with a MT.
    3) chop off the coupling and mount and screw a MT to the floor.
    #2 is probably the hardest and the hardest to get the bits for. (I think they make a drop in replacement, but they may not be available).
    #3 may cause the car to require a larger turning radius.
    I found (25 years ago when I did N) that the pinsprovided had different sizes and there was a bit of slop for the MT trucks on original pins.
    My own preference is #3, but I found that some cars didn't have floors in the right place.
  7. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    George I found the cheapest way out, if you decide to go with the Micro Train couplers, is David's suggestion #3. I use Micro Train #1015s (short shank) and screw them onto the floor of the car. The short shank gives a more prototypical look. You do need a height gage to ensure the heights are correct, most of my replacements required no shiming. If you anticipate a layout with tight radii you might have to go to the longer shank version of the MT couplers. Try a couple to check and test it out. I replaced all my Santa Fe passenger fleet (18 cars) over a period of time by using a transition car, that is one with a micro train coupler on one end and leaving a rapido coupler at the other end.

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