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At Guildex on Sunday, I noticed a few demonstrator's using uncoupling hooks with a built in light, that could be turned on and off.


 Are these available commercially and if so any idea where from?



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Hi John,
The only setup I know of are the Rapido electromagnets that go under the baseboard top and that have an LED to spot the KD couplers correctly. Illuminates the couplers so they are in the zone. 

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John

Haven't seen anything commercial but lots of pocket torches with a shunters hook taped/welded to the side.

Those that I have seen made such seem to be very successful.  These types of torches are sold in places like "Mountain warehouse" or Millets etc.

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Thanks both. I have been pointed in the right direction by a friend on Facebook O gauge forum. I have bought a thin torch and also a ready made one :)



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If you want to do your head in then a hook is the way to go.  Always behaves badly especially when someone is watching at an exhibition, and is generally the cause of much embarrassment and cussing.


 


For an easier life use a small magnet attached to a long handle (length of brass tube or artist's paint brush handle).  Ensure that the top two coupling links are brass and the bottom link is made of metal which can be attracted to the magnet.  When the magnet is placed over the coupling the bottom link is attached to the magnet and can easily be placed over the hook of the adjoining wagon coupling.  A sharp sideways movement disengages the link from the magnet and leaves it in place on the hook.


Uncoupling is even easier.  Hold the magnet over both wagon hooks causing both links to jump up towards the magnet.  Lift the magnet upwards and both coupling chains fall into their natural positions.


I have used this method when exhibiting at many shows.  Coupling and uncoupling are instantaneous.  No poking around for ages and no cussing.


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Sounds a good idea Terry. I used to use 3-links in 4mm back when I didn't need glasses to find my glasses.  I could have done knowing this little trick then!!

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Hello Barry.  I first came across the idea in the 1970's when it was being mooted by the Protofour Society obviously for use in 4mm scale.  I use minute bar magnets.  They only need to be strong enough to lift a couple of iron links.  The modern rare earth magnets are too powerful and would probably pull the wagons off the rails.


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I had visions of a rare earth magnet with a whole train hanging from it ............................... :roll: :roll:



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There is a third way, I've only seen it on a forum post,
but people speak highly of it.
It looks a bit like an old key, ie a long shaft with a
flat plate stuck to one side at the end.
This has a slot in it (at 90* to the shaft) wide enough
to fit a link into.
You put it on the middle link (so that it is held in
the vertical plane), this causes the end link to stick
out in the horizontal plane, ready to be dropped onto
the hook.



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