Serious question about uncoupling.

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by amrail, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. amrail

    amrail New Member

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    I'm in the process of switching back to HO scale after being an O Gauge modeler the past 14 years. Much has changed. One thing I need to know before starting on the new layout. If I use magnetic couplers, what is the best item to use for auto uncoupling on mainlines? Kadee plates are good for sidings and yards but on a mainline, as you know, you want to be able to run trains past without unwanted uncoupling. Then when the local arrives, you want to uncouple the train to deliver a car and come back to the train to go on to the next stop. Anyone know how to remedy this problem? Thanks!! AMrail
  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    amrail, i use a "Rix pick", works GREAT, EVERY TIME!:thumb: :D .
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    Rix Pix is good until you build your own cars using steel grab irons :eek: Ask me how I know that. :)

    THere are several different makers of electro-magnetic ramps. They are active only when electricity is applied to the coil, making for a reliable uncoupler. Being buried under the ballastrequires marking the location with signs, LPBs or such.
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    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    Bob, i TOTALLY AGREE with you on the electro-magnetic ramps:thumb: . but am a little lost on how a NON MAGNETIC, THIN, Rix Pix could cause damage to a car:confused: . they are 100% plastic, Very thin, and clearly DOES NOT touch the car:thumb:. do you shake alot? please enlighten me on how they could do damage, i am curious. THANKS:D -Deano View attachment 29690 View attachment 29691

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    jim currie Active Member

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    ;wave; welcome to the gauge I have been known to use a wood kabob stick sanded flat . other than that the electro magnet are the way to go.
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Rix used to make a device that looked like a lower case letter "h" where the tail was the handle. You would glue a small magnet to each lower side. Slip it over the coupler and it would pull the hoses apart to uncouple. If you had an Athearn caboose with steel ladders, or a box car that you have installed steel wire grabs on, the magnets would catch them and pull the cars pff the track.
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    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

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    VERY TRUE RUSS!:D , i am familiar with those, HOWEVER, they ARE NOT a Rix Pix;) . but i do see what you are getting at, perhaps Bob got them mixed up:thumb: . :D -Deano
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    If you want hands off operation, the electro magnetic uncoupler is the way to go. I've tried the pix and prefer a little pick with a hook that pulls on the uncoupling hose.
    The h shaped magnetic thing always grabbed onto metal details (ladders and such) on the car ends.
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Sorry...hadda 70s flashback there...felt pretty good, too:thumb:

    These are what I was talking about. Aggressive little boogers, too.

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    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    wait, that magnetic uncoupling thing is a bad idea? shoot... I don't feel like digging up my track ballast to install under track magnets (nor do i want magnets on my ties)
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    At the club, we use those 4 inch long sandwich toothpicks with the technocolor afros as uncouplers. At $1 for a pack of 50, they are very effective. Drop the point in between the knuckles, then twist clockwise---clean as a whistle:thumb:
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    interurban Active Member

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    Yes Bob, I like cheap and cheerful and easy .
    That is the way a lot of the modular Layouts do it up here.

    I do the same But I am playing with the magnet on the rails in a couple of area`s on the new layout.


    Interesting read guys.
  14. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I use a 20 penny nail. Works pretty good.
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    Also a good storage method if you have digitrax throttles is a rubber band inbetween the knobs and the display then you can slide the toothpicks in the grooves. Maaan i'm really starting to have withdrawls. I need to get a run of track set up!!