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!