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I want to use magnetic uncoupling on my new N gauge layout. Previously I've used DGs which would always be my first choice but I haven't figured a way of fitting them to NEM pockets. As an alternative, does anyone know if the Dapol magnetics are compatible with MicroTrains ones? The reason I ask is that quite a bit of my stock is not fitted with NEM pockets but most of the locos are. Failing that has anyone a method for fitting the DGs?

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Hi Rex,

 

We've used DGs in NEM sockets on Hinksey Yard.

 

I cut down the mounting plate and solder some wire (I think it's 0.8mm or 0.9mm Nickel Silver rod) so that it will clip into the NEM socket:

 

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Hope this helps,

 

Cheers,


Dave

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Just as another option, It is possible to retro fit stock with NEM sockets. This would only need to be done for those wagons and coaches that need to be uncoupled. 

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Their easy shunt's work very well but are not compatable with micro trains.  Their own magnets are very expensive as well but there is a much cheaper work around if you go down that route.

 

Paul

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Thanks for the info folks. Looks like I'll be sticking with trusty old DGs. Is there a set dimension for the position of the cross wire Dave?

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Hi Rex,

 

It's a while since I did them, and I think I used a variety of settings so that I could choose an appropriate one.

 

I'll have a closer look at the weekend and let you know some measurements.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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Hi Rex,

 

I've measured one of the couplings:

  • 0.9mm Nickel Silver rod for the rocker, at least 5mm long
  • Tail of the brass plate reduced to 3mm in width (to fit in the NEM slot)
  • Centre line of the rod between 7-8mm from the front of the coupling. 

It is probably worth experimenting a bit with the length if you have tight curves.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Cheers,

Dave

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Just talking about this problem tonight on the 2mm ZAG Group - thanks for the measurements @Dave Searle

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