Make a Low Cost Uncoupler Track in MINUTES!




Introduction: Make a Low Cost Uncoupler Track in MINUTES!

In this quick and simple tutorial, I will show you how to make an uncoupler track in just a couple of minutes.

So, let's get started!

Step 1: Collect All the Stuff!

Here is what you will need:

  • An S62 Kato track (You can use almost any track, I, however, use only N-gauge Kato Unitrack)
  • A hot glue gun
  • Neodymium magnets(A single one can also be used instead of two)
  • A locomotive equipped with magnetic couplers and compatible with the track being used
  • A way to make a mark on the magnet, such as a permanent marker or a dab of nail paint

Step 2: How Does This Work?

When the correct pole of the magnet comes close enough to the base of the locomotive's coupler, it attracts a small magnet inside it, which causes the coupler to rise just like in a lever when one side is lowered, the other one rises. This disengages the locomotive from the rolling stock or the other locomotive.

Step 3: Starting With the Build

First, determine which side of the magnet causes the coupler to rise and mark it with the way you want.

Step 4: Check Again

Step 5: Glue the Magnet Under the Track

While gluing, make sure the marked side of the magnet is facing to the underside of the track. Also, make sure you press the magnet with a bit of force on the track to ensure it is firmly held by the glue. Check the above images for reference.

Step 6: Two Magnets Are Better Than One!

Do the same for the second magnet but make sure while gluing this magnet, it is placed at a suitable distance from the first one. Gluing the second magnet will be bit tricky but you will do it.

Step 7: Testing Time!

Check the uncoupler track for performance by passing the locomotive on the track.

Step 8: It's Done!

Now you can make your own uncoupler tracks to use in your model train layout at much lower cost than buying them. Watch the above video to see it working. All the best for your build!

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    Question 1 year ago

    HI, will the magnets work on tension lock couplings eg Hornby.
    regards John.


    Answer 1 year ago

    Does it have any part made of iron? Check if the coupler moves while bringing a magnet close to it. There needs to be some part in the coupler made of iron to get attracted to magnet and move the coupler in such a way that it uncouples.


    Question 1 year ago on Step 8

    I'm checking this out and it looks like the couplers are the old style. How do you make those magnetic. Do they make these as a magnetic coupler? I use the couplers by Kadee because I've never seen the old style that work with a magnet uncoupler.



    Answer 1 year ago

    The locomotive has magnetic couplers in a sort-of lever-like mechanism, when one side goes down, the other moves up. When the locomotive passes over the magnetic track, the iron piece in the uncoupler lever gets attracted to the magnet and moves down, making the coupler move up.