KATO EF15 couplers

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Catt, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Anybody have one of these that they have converted to MT couplers?Got a part #?
  2. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    whats it for Catt engine or car????Rich :confused: :confused:
  3. siderod

    siderod Member

    EF15? Ain't that the wierd articulated doo-dad, with something like 2 motors and like 16 wheels, or some such wierd outlandish number?

    If so, i know a guy who has one, but i prefer to avoid him at all costs!
  4. Catt

    Catt Guest

    The EF15 is a large 16 wheeled boxcab electric loco.
  5. absnut

    absnut Member

    Catt, this is absolutely no help to you, only a statement of comiseration! I bought an EF-15 and an EF-57 years ago and, for the life of me, couldn't figure out an MT conversion. I ended up installing Unimates which, while not automatic, at least let me run them with MT equipped equipment.

  6. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Dick I got 177 hits on the ATLAS forum with out so much as a "What the hell is that?" At least I got some replies on the Gauge.

    Could you pass on some tips about the unimates that might help me?

    I think the Grande Valley is about to get an under the wire section. :D

    (ps) the guy had another one and if I see him again I'll buy that one too. :D :D
  7. absnut

    absnut Member

    Catt, I don't know what kind of tips you require about the Unimates but, here's the sum of my knowlege/experience. I think they are made now by red Caboose, will have to research that later. They will mate well with any knuckle type coupler but must be hand coupled/uncoupled. The best (easiest) thing about them is that they will install anywhere a Rapido has been installed, in the same pocket and with the same spring. Though not related, I did have to modify the shank slightly to fit the early LifeLike FA trucks. If you need to experiement, I think I can scare up a pair for you to try out. They were easily installed on the Kato EF-15 but, due to the different coupler, not so on the Tomix EF-15.
  8. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    Think there the ones that come with the roundhouse/MDC engines and cars
    :thumb: Rich
  9. absnut

    absnut Member

    Rich, the MDC couplers are different from the older designed Unimates. The MDC ones will sometimes couple "automatically" with MT's but, won't uncouple except by hand. If you compare the two side by side, the Unimates look a little "heavier". Plus, the Unimate shank won't fit into the MDC pockets as it's too thick. :)

  10. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Dick,do you remember which coupler you used? There are three different lengtha and I really don't want to buy all 3 if I can avoid it.
  11. absnut

    absnut Member

    Catt, I used the short shank couplers on the EF-15 but, sometimes, with certain MT equipped cars, the MT "pin" would touch the pilot. Of course, it wasn't a problem with cars similarly equipped with Unimates. I would suggest you try the medium length ones. The short ones do look better! Your call! :)

  12. Catt

    Catt Guest

    In case anybody is wondering just what a EF15 looks like here's a pic.


    Dick,KATO reccomends the # 1128 coupler for the conversion. So we are gona try it Saturday evening. :D
  13. melisrael

    melisrael New Member

    Kato EF15 coupler conversion

    I'm just completing a conversion using MT #1128 couplers, with much difficulty. I had to fabricate a metal L shaped bracket to hold the coupler in the pocket before it could be secured at the correct height. I have the couplers in place now, very carefully secured with CA. Tonight I will recheck height and operation then hope I can put the truck sides, idler wheels, and platform pieces back together correctly.

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