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Bfagan

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Uncoulper magnets
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:11:39 PM »
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Know of where I can get a strong magnet that will fit between the rails on Peco code 80.  Also what is the best way to uncouple cars without a magnet?  Thanks, Bill

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 03:11:53 PM »
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Know of where I can get a strong magnet that will fit between the rails on Peco code 80.  Also what is the best way to uncouple cars without a magnet?  Thanks, Bill

You don't necessarily need a between-the-rails uncoupler. I used these with good results:

http://davidksmith.com/modeling/article-3.htm

As for uncoupling without a magnet, the most popular approach is a plastic mini-screwdriver, the kind often used to adjust pots:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2pc-Plastic-RF-IF-Core-Tune-Adjustment-Rod-Screwdriver-8-5x167-0mm-Tube-Radio/130375047269?hash=item1e5af55865:g:2SMAAOSw5ZBWJKZB

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 03:46:01 PM »
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I've used an everyday toothpick as an uncoupler.  With Microtrains couplers, you just put it in-between couplers and twist.  Done.

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 04:18:33 PM »
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Bamboo skewers work well as uncoupleres, and are cheap and plentiful. Toothpicks works but are relatively short, Skewers are longer and easier to work with.
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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 05:39:19 PM »
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small blasting caps.  :)

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 06:21:20 PM »
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If you want to splurge, you can spend 3 bucks to get a pair of the "real" tools:

https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/rix-products-n-628-0024-rix-pick-uncoupler-tool-for-knuckle-style-couplers-2-pieces/

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 11:58:15 PM »
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... or if you're cheap, like me. After the olives get consumed :D
But if you've operated on other layouts where people are always looking for the dang uncoupler tool (whatever it is), these have a nice place to live and hang, on a cheap brass hoop screwed into he fascia at key locations...
Now, back to magnets...
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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 01:10:57 AM »
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Are the Rix tools made of a harder plastic than they used to be? The old white ones got dull fairly quickly and then they are more difficult to get into the space between the knuckles.

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Re: Uncoulper magnets
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 12:16:01 PM »
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Kaydee used to make an electro magnetic uncoupler for N scale. Not sure if it made anymore, but if you only need a few, ebay might work.