I’ve experienced a roadblock to the progress of my SW1200RS project. Recall that I broke one of the axle/gears while replacing the stock Proto 2000 plated wheels with nickel silver wheels from NWSL. My friend Ted suggested that, since the Proto 2000 drive is a clone of a Kato, I should try using the gears out of a Kato switcher truck. With no other viable option, I ordered the parts and crossed my fingers. The good news is that Kato is prompt in delivering in-stock parts.
It didn’t take long to take one truck apart to pull out one of the axle/gears. It was clear immediately that this wasn’t going to work. The Kato axle/gear is about the size of an Athearn – in other words, too big for the Proto 2000 truck. In the photo below, the Kato gear/axle is on the left with one wheel pulled off, the broken Proto 2000 is on the right.
It was a good try, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. If anyone needs a pair of brand new Kato switcher trucks, get in touch with me 🙂
Back to my SW1200RS project… I might be out of affordable options. The obvious solution is to purchase yet another Proto 2000 SW9/1200 so that I can cannibalize one of the axle/gears. That’s an expensive proposal, but I would have nearly an entire drive for spare parts.
Another option that comes to mind is to start over with an Athearn blue box SW7 drive for the unit with the broken gear. I’m not sure how I feel about that approach because, from the outset, I wanted these two models to have the same drive.
Please contact me if you have a dead Proto 2000 SW9/1200. I’ll buy it from you for parts.