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Working DCC shunting locos


Bomp

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I had never before known the joys of shunting. Now I have an 04 and an Austerity chipped, I can play in my modest brewery for hours! All I need now is a remote uncoupling system. My man is selling second hand stock with Kadee couplers - is it worth stocking up on the stock while he has them? How do you uncouple them? Would I find the answers to these questions with a tiny little bit of looking myself on the search function or internet rather than asking my helpful readership to do all the work for me? Maybe someone would like to come round and do it for me? Am I just getting silly now? Why are most of my phrases phrased as questions?

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Hi bomp

there's loads of info out there on kaydees but I'd also look T systemsike 'sprat n winkle' - a little more time consuming but not so intrusive and *definitely* cheaper!

Regs

ian

 

ps where's your brewey based? I'm in the throes of building one myself based on the Burton breweries- my favourite two subjects - Rails n beer!

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Gday Bomp,

I live buy the motto grab it while it is there as you can allways resell later if it does not end up meeting your needs as for the Kadees, they use an uncoupling magnet which is fairly simple to set up and use

Cheers

Anthony

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Hi bomp

there's loads of info out there on kaydees but I'd also look T systemsike 'sprat n winkle' - a little more time consuming but not so intrusive and *definitely* cheaper!

Regs

ian

 

ps where's your brewey based? I'm in the throes of building one myself based on the Burton breweries- my favourite two subjects - Rails n beer!

 

Being a Burton boy, it's going to be Burton, but much smaller and not based on Burton beyond the names and the wagons. One day I'll try to make what I've got look like Burton with the right bricks etc, but for now it's local names more than anything else.

 

I'll look into the couplings - now that shunting is fun (it never was before) I'll need something quick and reliable, if only for the outer vehicles on fixed rakes.

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Gday Bomp,

I live buy the motto grab it while it is there as you can allways resell later if it does not end up meeting your needs as for the Kadees, they use an uncoupling magnet which is fairly simple to set up and use

Cheers

Anthony

 

Thanks! Something to think about while I drift off to sleep after my night shift!

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We use Kadees throughout - partly to improve inter-vehicle spacing and partly for ease of uncoupling. For the latter we started with magnets underneath the track. They certainly uncouple a treat - draw the vehicles over stop, ease couplings by setting back a fraction, and then away you do - either leaving the vehicle there or (preferably) propelling away into a siding. Unfortunately on lightly loaded wagons there is a tendency to uncouple when you do not want them to, and we are progressively changing to electromagnets underneath the track - harder to fit because you need a hole and more clearance - but really work a treat. Kadees do need to be very carefully set up so worth buying their height gauge and checking what you buy. But if someone has gone to the (sometimes not inconsiderable) trouble of fitting Kadees and they've done it right (use the gauge) you'll save yourself much work.

 

 

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We use Kadees throughout - partly to improve inter-vehicle spacing and partly for ease of uncoupling. For the latter we started with magnets underneath the track. They certainly uncouple a treat - draw the vehicles over stop, ease couplings by setting back a fraction, and then away you do - either leaving the vehicle there or (preferably) propelling away into a siding. Unfortunately on lightly loaded wagons there is a tendency to uncouple when you do not want them to, and we are progressively changing to electromagnets underneath the track - harder to fit because you need a hole and more clearance - but really work a treat. Kadees do need to be very carefully set up so worth buying their height gauge and checking what you buy. But if someone has gone to the (sometimes not inconsiderable) trouble of fitting Kadees and they've done it right (use the gauge) you'll save yourself much work.

 

I think I'll get me a couple of his cheap second hand fitted wagons and have a play. They do sound like what I need.

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