magnetic uncouplers

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Cactus, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Jan 28, 2001
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    Hi y'all
    Let me add my bit to the 'uncoupler' stew.
    On the 4x8 in the garage, I have only one magnematic installed, so must 'break 'em up' by hand in many my HO club, we use small wood meat skewers, about 5" long, to uncouple... Kadee #5s are the ok, once you get the 'knack'.
    The prob. with the same 'tool' on my home Ngauge-- I've already 'sprung out' the coupler on one end of an Atlas
    Trainmaster...too much torque a few times, I guess...I either have to replace a spring (if that's possible) or replace with a MT coupler, which, so far, I haven't been able to get around here. I have a whole bunch for my rolling stock replacements, but neither store stocks the right 'style' for the body mount.
    Since I aquired a VGN Trainmaster , the undecorated,damaged one is sitting in 'the Shops'
    So, I decided I'd rather adjust coupler bar height etc. than replace entire damaged couplers, and will have magnets all over the "Real Layout".
    I plan to have "trainmen" standin' round where ever there is an uncoupler..."let them lil' buggers ern ther keep!"
    Glad to have been an inspiration, Cactus, and that you found a tecnique that worked well!
    Bye now

  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Mar 23, 2001
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    sidways thinking

    Hmmmmm. A bit of sideways thinking! :cool: Like the bit about using the dremil disk to cut the ties first to stop them buckling. And teh stell ruler to hold the coupler at the right height. Like those. They are commited to memory.

    Well done! ;)