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Old 06-09-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Question automatic decoupling

hi, i have just finished scratch-building an EWS depo/shed thing for my micro modern n gauge layout and because it's right up against the backscene, decoupling wagons into the shed is very tricky. I was thinking is there a simple way to have a de-coupling system on the track just in that erea of the layout? i have played arround with the standard couplings but I can't find anything that could act as a catch to spring up one of the couplers. can anyone help??
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This Thread might help Jack.
http://modelrailwayforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1382
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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Hi Jack....
If uncoupling by hand is going to be a bit tricky then another option
is to install an electromagnet under your track in the position where you want
to uncouple...
Both Peco and Gaugemaster do the parts required.Personally i prefer the Gaugemaster....it works out a little more expensive but the electromagnet is far more reliable than the Peco.

http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=EM1
With the EM1 it is simply a case of installing the magnet under the track and
wiring the switch (provided) to the magnet and then to your power supply.

http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_deta...p?code=EM2&r=1
The EM2 coupling adaptors fit the standard Farish Peco Dapol couplings.

Peco PL-25 PL-25 Electromagnetic Uncoupler &... Peco PL-25 PL-25 Electromagnetic Uncoupler &...Peco have a much cheaper option (you will have to provide your own Push to Make switch) but i found that the electromagnet was not really strong enough which causes unsatisfactory performance and a lot of frustration

Another option would be to have a look at some of the other couplings available in N such as DGs or Micro Trains.......
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ah thats a great help!! cheerz.
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the only thing is that with the under-track magnets, do they have to be directly below the sleepers or will it work through the baseboard? because i can't see how it is possible to install the magnet under the sleepers with the track stuck down and a reasnably thick baseboard.
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cheerz. yes, the gaugemaster one looks good. do you know whether the electro magnet is powerful enough to be used under a 13mm thickness baseboard?
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As luck would have it the shaft of the electromagnet is a shade over 13mm.



You will need to remove one sleeper and drill a 4-5mm hole through your baseboard.The electromagnet needs to sit level with the top of the baseboard



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