Welcome to my Blog. The scope of this blog is to record the trials and tribulations of building and maintaining an HO scale layout, the trains and all of the ancillary projects that go with it. In 2017 New York Central subsidiary short line Empire Belt Railroad came into existence. The New York Central / Penn Central and Empire Belt are now the major railroads featured.
Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Drawbar equipped Athearn F7s
Here are some photos of an easy to project that swapped out traditional couplers for a draw bar between Athearn F7 A units. Start by removing the old coupler assembly. Locate the mounting hole on coupler mounting ad and drill this hole all the way through. A note of caution here is that you should either remove the motor and trucks or at least cover them well so the metal shavings do not get into the gears. Using a piece of plastic from my scrap box I attached one side to #210 with a 2-56 screw. On #215 I installed a 2-56 screw with just enough protruding from the bottom of the coupler pad to hook the draw bar. When assembled the units are close coupled and the plastic draw bar insulates the units to eliminate any potential electrical shorts.