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Offline Steve59

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Easi shunt
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:15:27 pm »
Hi,
When using the Dapol easi shunt coupling do both wagons need to be fitted with the couplings or can just one wagon need to have the coupling.
Thanks in advance

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 07:43:29 pm »
Yeah both wagons or wagon and attached loco need an easy shut coupling fitting for them to work

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 08:41:28 pm »
As far as I know the Dapol easi shunt will only couple with another one, so you'll need them wherever you regularly split trains. However, in a fixed rake of coaches or wagons you only need one at each end plus whatever you use to haul the train. Bit of a pain if you shunt a lot of wagons one by one, though.

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 04:49:06 pm »
The easi-shunts can couple with Dapol's non-working buck-eye style couplings and American buck-eye styles but it's a manual operation to connect them and to un-couple them so a bit of a waste of time. As far as my research goes, they only work hands off with another easi-shunt.

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 07:37:10 pm »
That's right--they only auto-couple with each other.
Aren't we lucky to have the non-magnetic buckeyes in N compared with our OO gauge friends? As far as I know, they have to fit magnetic Kadees to all their wagons--quite an investment for a full-length MGR set!

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 09:21:01 pm »
Thanks for the info, just getting back into modelling after a 15 year or more break. Do the easi shunt couplings go into the Peco wagon couplings box with out having to change them?
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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 10:41:20 pm »
In simple terms no - you have to replace the Peco coupling and box with an EasiShunt box which the EasiShunt plugs into being NEM compliant. I've not done it ( I use DGs for shunting) but there are plenty of posts on here on the subject.

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 10:44:19 pm »
Nope, they go into rolling stock that has NEM pockets and Peco don't, they need to be converted using the Dapol conversion kit, fortunately Peco wagons are the easiest to convert, as the chassis underside is already the correct height, unlike many Farish, just clip off the old box and coupling, clean up the surface and glue the pocket on, I now use thick cyno got this and the jobs done, the peco kit includes an alignment gauge then just buy the pocket only set from then on, each set gives you enough pockets to convert 10 wagons.

The first couple are a bit daunting but once you have done a couple it's realy easy, unlike the Farish ones.

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 08:43:57 am »
That's right--they only auto-couple with each other.
Aren't we lucky to have the non-magnetic buckeyes in N compared with our OO gauge friends? As far as I know, they have to fit magnetic Kadees to all their wagons--quite an investment for a full-length MGR set!
If you've got an MGR set you only need the easi shunts (or any other fancy coupling)at each end of the rake, the whole point of MGR trains was they didn't need shunting and the trains ran almost continuously with out stopping...

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 10:06:09 am »
That's right--they only auto-couple with each other.
Aren't we lucky to have the non-magnetic buckeyes in N compared with our OO gauge friends? As far as I know, they have to fit magnetic Kadees to all their wagons--quite an investment for a full-length MGR set!
If you've got an MGR set you only need the easi shunts (or any other fancy coupling)at each end of the rake, the whole point of MGR trains was they didn't need shunting and the trains ran almost continuously with out stopping...

The same goes for passenger trains if you generally use broadly fixed rakes.  Easi shunt at the end of each rake or portions of trains if you are modelling the likes of the Lakes Express which left Euston with at least 3 portions.  Don't ask about the Atlantic Coast  Express from Waterloo!

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2018, 12:51:23 pm »
I think Crepello's point was that OO modellers have to fit expensive magnetic couplers to all the wagons in the middle of the rake even though they are not required as there is no cheaper dumb alternative like N Gauge modellers have.

.....Dapol "dumb" hooks (or as I would advocate Bachmann dummy knuckles).

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Re: Easi shunt
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2018, 06:43:54 pm »
Thanks for all your info starting to get my head round this now. I have a few Peco wagons and guards vans I can convert. How hard are locos to do or is there someone who I could send these of to be done?

 

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