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Hi Ron.   Thank you . I googled Kadee and have been reading various opinions. And of course you ideas are the best.It seems that I really made a blunder with code 75, nice track but had I known the extra work in fitting Kadee magnets , that is assuming I had given " shunting puzzles a lot of attention ". I would/should have gone with code 100 of something completely different ( i.e. code 83 ) but I haven't got a crystal ball. My next task is to find a suitable location for one of my magnets, if that is, it don't involve too much faffing about. All the best.  Kevin



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Hi Ed.  Thank you. That seems an excellent choice, and I will bear it in mind if I build another plank?As I have two at the time of writing. It may have to either wait or one of the planks could get recycled?? And then I could purchase code 100 and using the Kadee would become straight forward ?  All the best. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Ron.   Thank you . I googled Kadee and have been reading various opinions. And of course you ideas are the best.It seems that I really made a blunder with code 75, nice track but had I known the extra work in fitting Kadee magnets , that is assuming I had given " shunting puzzles a lot of attention ". I would/should have gone with code 100 of something completely different ( i.e. code 83 ) but I haven't got a crystal ball. My next task is to find a suitable location for one of my magnets, if that is, it don't involve too much faffing about. All the best.  Kevin


Kevin, I have fitted the standard Kadee magnets into Code 75 track - a little bit of work & time  but I class it as part of the hobby. But as I have found, I prefer the 3mm Cube rare earth magnets in place of sleepers.
That thread if you have forgotten is http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=8481&forum_id=6



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Hi Ron. Thank you again.  My first trial with Neodymium magnets was with Tension Lock couplers, and  staples glued to the dropper worked well with a pair of disc magnets at 3/4" centres lengthways under the track. But then I "read" about the obvious advantage that you get with Kadee , the ability of being able to uncouple and loose shunt forwardto spot the wagon.   All the best Kevin



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I believe you can also do that with the tension lock and staple system Kevin, as described either on Gary's or Gormo's thread.

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Hi Bill.  Thank you for your reply. But there was another good reason fo me to abandon that idea, as I reported at the time, the droppers are aptly named. Because the "Whole Kit and Caboodle " dropped off. The tension lock.And when I realised about the Kadee ability to uncouple and loose shunt, that was good enough for me.
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Hi Ed.  I have priced up? A Pug DCC conversion , and I'm not really sure it would be viable to convert all of them, unless "I'm feeling lucky" one day and have beginners luck on the lottery. I may just try one of the ex Dapol Pugs with the upright motor that occupies most of the cab. Or just run them DC? As the Hornby version seem to have the same type of motor, at least I should be okay for spares? Any comments? Please excuse me if I have said this before. All the best.  Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Bill.  Thank you for your reply. But there was another good reason fo me to abandon that idea, as I reported at the time, the droppers are aptly named. Because the "Whole Kit and Caboodle " dropped off. The tension lock.And when I realised about the Kadee ability to uncouple and loose shunt, that was good enough for me.
All the best. Kevin
The point I was referring to Kevin, is the simple ability to loose shunt with the TL & staple system, if one desires this ability, without the need to modify all stock to the Kadee system, which often requires differing solutions for varied stock, but can be most rewarding.
Unfortunately, you seem to have been particularly unlucky, as I've never heated of such repeated TL coupling failures as you seem to have been visited by before.

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