One of the cheapest and simplest and best looking couplers to install is the KD #153. Gary White is using the HO #153 short shank “scale” couplers with whiskers from Kadee. Gary installs the directly on the car without a coupler box. He uses scale 4″x4″ board on the sides for the whiskers to press against. The boards simulate the boards on the prototype cars. Gary clarified how he installs his couplers “I should mention I don’t waste the coupler boxes, I cut them up and saw off the mounting pins and use those with the coupler so there is no shifting around on the mounting screws.”
On the left is a completed installation. On the right is a car with the scale 4″x4″ boards.
Same installations slightly different angle
Two cars with the HO scale couplers installed
For passenger cars, longer shank coupler may used and could be preferred.
If you want the most prototypical looking and operating couplers for your Sn2 train, consider the HO scale Type-E couplers by Sergent Engineering. Harry Downey has been putting Sergent couplers on his freight cars. Here are a few photos that he posted on the Sn2Trains@groups.io email group.
This pulp rack has Sergent Couplers
Installation of the Sergent coupler from the bottom. This is the accurail coupler box. The freight car truck is an HO Tichy Archbar with a narrowed bolster and HOn3 wheelsets.
Two SR&RL freight cars with Sergent Couplers
The Sergent couplers do not operated the same as KD style couplers. They operate more like the prototype. They do not auto center, so need to be aligned for couple and they require a magnetic wand to uncouple. They are not for everyone. Read more about them on the Sergent Engineering web site.
It might be reasonable to mount them without a box in a similar manner to how Gary White is mounting HO Scale Kadee #153 couplers. Without the coupler box, there would be more room for truck swing.
In addition to the Type-E Sergent Engineering offers a Sharon coupler. I’m not sure which is more correct.
In the early 2000’s Jerry Wilson developed a number of products for Sn2 and S-scale in general. To my knowledge Jerry is not producing any products at this time.WW&F #5 and #6 Passenger Car Kits
He produced a coach and combine for the WW&F. My memory is that the original kits were Laser cut with Resin roof’s. Later the whole car might have been resin.
If anyone has photos of these cars, please share with me or on the Sn2Trains.io group
MDC 2-8-0 Conversion Kits and Parts
Jerry cast domes, cabs and such to convert the MDC HOn3 2-8-0 to approximations of SR&RL 2-6-0’s and 2-6-2’s and WW&F #6. He also produced a spiral bound book for those who wanted step by step conversion instructions.
Jerry Wilson conversion parts – FYI: Address is no longer good, he has moved.
Two Jerry Wilson cast cabs.
Jerry Wilson 2-6-0 conversion on right. The shay was his own Gilpin style conversion.
Two of Jerry’s in-progress conversions
If you have competed a conversion, please share the photos with me or on the Sn2Trains.io group.
Jerry also produced a set of generic wagons for S-scale (and possibly other scales). Here are two images of his production models
Jerry Wilson wagon kits. Horses not included
Jerry Wilson water wagon kits. Horses not included.
PLW is currently taking orders for the Dead River station. Dead River did not only exist in the minds of Hayden and Frary, it was a real place on the SR&RL. The architecture of this structure is typical of Maine and would probably gook great on any New England based layout. For those of use modeling the P&R portion of the SR&RL, it is a must have. PLW is offering it in both S and O scales. As with most PLW kits, this is a limited time offer. The production is starting soon, with S-scale could be ready for the 2018 Midwest All-Scales Train Show that PLW puts on (March 2018). To order, go to the PLW Website
PLW’s Dead River Station
Gary Kohler of Portland Locomotive works has announced intent to develop SR&RL caboose #554. As usual, this will be a limited time offering. If your interested, send him an email. Here is his email
we PLAN to start on SR&RL caboose 554 soon.
This is a very unique caboose and was originally an F&M car (yes, there are several photos showing it lettered F&M).
It has never been offered before in any scale – certainly nothing accurate.
We would ask for a show of hands for the OnX and Sn2 versions of this car.
The car had leaf spring arch bar trucks!
Here’s a late teens photo of it at Phillips.
Believe it or not there’s even an interior photo of this car – so, yes, we plan to provide at least a reasonable interior
DRL’s S-scale Turner Centre Creamery
Deerfield River Laser (DRL) is now offering Wiscasset Waterfront Structures to accompany it’s S-scale boat offerings. Even if your not doing the Wiscasset Waterfront, these structures look like they could be used as generic New England structures when placed on a stone foundation. Checkout the DRL’s S-scale page.
DRL’s S-scale Wiscasset Grain Co.