Kadee couplings-magnets on mainlines

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  1. Tallpaul70

    Tallpaul70 Full Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but no doubt the moderators will move it if not!

    I have been told that while Kadees work well on yards and sidings, that it can be tricky to ensure your mainline train does not come uncoupled as it hurtles round if there are magnets in place on the track?

    How have folks got round this problem?
    I thought maybe electromagnets could be the answer. Has anyone any experience of using these for this purpose, and how successful were they?
    What items did they use?

    Many thanks
    Regards
    Paul
     
  2. Gloria Aldridge

    Gloria Aldridge Full Member

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    Hi Paul,
    I have used them on our N Gauge Layout they work a treat we had them on the main line runs and each end of station platforms. The only time they uncouple is when reversing over the magnets laid between the sleepers then slowly and gradually pull away. We are considering them for our garden railway if I can get 0 Gauge our rolling stock has chopper couplings but with a bit of insight may be able to convert them to magnetic couplings.
    Hope this helps regards,
    Gloria.
    Ps if you need any help regarding the above please do contact me.
     
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  5. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Paul,

    I use Kadees on all of my stock and I have never had a problem with wagons or coaches becoming separated at speed. I do not use the Kadee Electromagnet but have opted for small 3mm x 10mm cylindriacl neodymium magnets. Unlike electromagnets, these magnets are fixed into the baseboard by drilling 3mm (1/8th) holes just inside the rails between the sleepers. Simply glue the magnets in to the height of the sleepers in one direction (north polarity) on one side and the opposite on the other rail, then once set, ballast over. The beauty of this method is that the magnets are cheap (from China) and they can be added into track that is already ballasted without removing the laid track.

    Here is a short video demonstration :



    Here is a link to the method of installation : https://platform1mrc.com/p1mrc/inde...-kadee-couplers-using-neodymium-magnets.1311/

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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