Question About Life-Like Switchers

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by sabretooth47, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. sabretooth47

    sabretooth47 Member


    I have a Life-Like switcher. I removed the shell yesterday and noticed that one of the contacts that attaches to the shell is missing. I have no idea when this went missing or if was ever there. Does anyone know where I can get a new one?

    I’ve noticed that the engine is a little skittish on turnouts, but I never put a lot of thought into it until now.
  2. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    take a picture of it, so we can see.
  3. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Unfortunately Life-Like was purchased by Walthers a few years ago.
    I have a Life-Like SW9/1200 purchased 2 years ago and when I opened the shell to install Micro-trains couplers 2 contacts out of 4 fell down. I was lucky I didn't loose any.

    Try to contact Walthers first or buy a spare contact from Atlas ( for a GP9 or an MP15 DC for example ) file it to match the Life-Like one and try to glue it to the frame with crazy glue.

  4. sabretooth47

    sabretooth47 Member

    I attached an image

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  5. baldwinjl

    baldwinjl Member

    They fall out, and disappear easily. You can make a replacement out of a small piece of brass, and super glue it in place. Some people advocate this in any case to improve the performance of the loco.

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