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    Has anyone done this? I'm just leery of placing an uncoupler magnet in the track that could uncouple cars every time I pull a train over it......

    I'm wondering if there's a way I can make an electro-magnetic uncoupler, flick a switch, uncouple the cars, bam (in true Emeril fashion).

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    Your doing N scale right?
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    yup.

    I'm looking at doing a bunch of small detail stuff like this.

    getting sensors in the tracks to switch signals appropriately, etc.

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    Actually I'm working on electromagnetic uncouplers too for HO KaDees since I think its the most powerful magnets U can get. I found a couple on e-bay but lost the bidding , so now unless I find some on e-bay for sale I will try do them myself, its not so hard, just have to use the right wiring, so not to get high current on them.

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    Kadee makes an electomagnetic uncoupler. Why not just use one of those?
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    will it not be too big for n-scale, and it'll work with micro-trains couplers?

    If so, thanks for the easy solution!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UP2CSX View Post
    Kadee makes an electomagnetic uncoupler. Why not just use one of those?
    Why spend money on something I can make? I will spend money on items which I'm not able to make with my hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxitrains View Post
    Why spend money on something I can make? I will spend money on items which I'm not able to make with my hands
    Max;

    IIRC, MR had an article by the late Gordon Odegard, on this very subject. He was MR's "resident" N-Scale expert, and wrote many articles on improving the N-scale "experience".

    I suggest you and cmike go to the magazine index at Trains.com, and do a search on electro-magnets or Gordon Odegard. this will give you the title of the article, along with the month and year. If available you can get a back issue from MR itself or locate one by some other means.
    Last edited by Cjcrescent; 11-02-2007 at 09:15 AM.
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    The Allen Keller Great Model Railroads video on Gil Freitag's Stony Creek and Western has a segment in which Gil shows how he builds his own electro magnets for uncoupling. His layout is HO scale, but I suspect the technique could be adapted for N scale. Many public libraries offer these videos for check out so you don't necessarily have to spend the bucks on buying a copy. Good luck!
    Ed Briley-Independence, MO

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    I build HO scale so that would interes me for sure.

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