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Offline Steve59

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Easi shunt magnets
« on: May 09, 2018, 11:13:34 pm »
Hi,
Can the magnets for the easi shut couplings be placed under the track? I was thinking of placing mine in the cork underlay with the track on top.
Many thanks. :helpneededsign:

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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 11:38:40 pm »
Hi,
Can the magnets for the easi shut couplings be placed under the track? I was thinking of placing mine in the cork underlay with the track on top.
Many thanks. :helpneededsign:


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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 11:42:59 pm »
Ive tried it but you get better results cutting the sleepers out and placing the magnets between the cut out sleepers



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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018, 06:51:49 am »
It can be done with stronger magnets but not with the Dapol magnets.

The only issue with stronger magnets is finding them the correct size, all the ones I found are much shorter than the Dapol ones which makes positioning of the coupling much more critical which is difficult to do if you can't see the magnet because it's hidden under the track.

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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2018, 02:23:26 pm »
The early Dapol magnets were just too wide to fit between the chairs on the insides of the rail at sleeper level, but later ones are thinner.
Having stronger magnets has its snags:
I use magnets under the right side of coaches and wagons to work reed switches which tell me which hidden storage sidings are occupied.  I didn't realise that though travel in one direction was fine - the extra attraction didn't make a noticeable difference - after going round the reversing loop and returning, an unweighted short-wheelbase wagon would leap off the track quite spectacularly.
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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 02:26:54 pm »
The only issue with stronger magnets is finding them the correct size, all the ones I found are much shorter than the Dapol ones which makes positioning of the coupling much more critical which is difficult to do if you can't see the magnet because it's hidden under the track.

The ones which I found and reported on http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35313.0 are 20mm long, Paul, and I've found they work well.
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Re: Easi shunt magnets
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2018, 02:46:25 pm »
I suspect those are the same ones I got, they did work well under the sleepers and covered with ballast but being shorter I found them a tat to finicky to use as the sweet spot for the couple to work was smaller than with the longer Dapol ones.

The other issue I had with the stronger magnet, when i tried them between the rails like with the Dapol ones was that the magnet was strong enough to not only tip a wagon up, if it had metal wheels but was also strong enough to rip the spring out of the coupling, and you all know how much we love putting those springs back don't we, although I am now at almost 90% success rate now, but have lost quite a few springs getting there.

Paul

 

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