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Posted - 06/24/2009 :  11:41:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Getting to the point of putting in some magnets for uncoupling in the staging yard. Couple of questions. Has anyone used a movable magnet so you don't uncouple when your just rolling by slow? The area that I need a couple would be a real pain it I would uncouple when not wanted. Thinking either a swing up design or an electro-magnet. Has anyone used either with or without success?


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Posted - 06/24/2009 :  8:02:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi John, I use the HO Scale Electric Under-The-Track Uncoupler #309 by Kadee http://www.kadee.com/htmbord/page309.htm where I need to keep the cars from uncoupling prematurely. It works great, and I've put some on the mainline track. I believe the one for your use would be #810 uncoupler model. Hope this information helps.

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Posted - 06/24/2009 :  11:26:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit James VanB's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi John,

Incase you're interested I make my own electromagnet uncouplers.

I sell them for $7 a piece which is half of the kadee price. In my opinion they work better as well. I put much more wire on them also so they don't get hot at all if you press the switch in too long. The mounting of them is not as custom but it works for me. I just dremel out the subroadbed so it fits in tight and glue them in.
I also sell a complete start up kit which includes 1 electromagnet, 1 power supply, 1 switch & a rectifier to change the AC voltage to DC for $25.

Message me if you're interested and I can send you a video of how well they work.

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Posted - 06/27/2009 :  01:33:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like your design Desertdrover. Do they mount under the rail or under the ties? It looks as though they mount under the ties. That would be an improvement over the Kadee design.

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