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    Default Do Trainworx couplers reliably uncouple?

    I have never found any couplers that magnetically uncouple as reliably as MTs and usually convert everything to MT trucks for that reason. Trainworx sells body-mount magnetic couplers for Atlas 3-bay hoppers and other cars. Does anyone know how reliable they are compared to MT?

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    I have installed many of these couplers and really like them. I cut the trip pins off, so I can’t on the magnetic uncoupling (I didn’t think anyone in N was still doing that, picks are so much more veratile).
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    I thought TW just used MT trucks and couplers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
    I thought TW just used MT trucks and couplers...
    Pretty sure that's what they use, with the coupler box and body mount made by Trainworx. If they aren't Micro-Trains couplers, they are perfect enough clones to fool me, and I've assembled and installed hundreds of MT couplers.

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    That's what I've always thought they were.
    I know their cars come equipped with them.
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    Pretty sure they use a clone now. If they are genuine MTL, they would have an MTL sticker on the jewel cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    (I didn’t think anyone in N was still doing that, picks are so much more veratile).
    Magnetic uncoupling is 50% of why I moved away from Rapido couplers.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. What I am specifically considering: http://www.train-worx.com/details.coupler.htm

    I thought TW just used MT trucks and couplers...
    The retail on these TWs is less than on assembled MT 1015s so business model-wise I'd say no.

    I can try one if nobody has experience uncoupling these magnetically. To be honest, some of MT's competition work so badly I wonder why they bother with the magnetic air hoses at all.

    I have 20-car trains and uncoupling each hopper with a rix pix (or a couple of other things that I've tried) doesn't go very smoothly. Maybe I'm particularly clumsy but I end up with too many "hand of god" moves when I do it..

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    I find magnetic uncoupling is great if you have close-coupled passenger cars with functional diaphragms to cut. The diaphragms can make it a bit tricky to get the pick in. Even the "0-5-0 switcher" has some trouble.
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    Decided to order a couple of the couplers and see... will let you guys know. Thanks for the replies!

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    Please let us know what your findings are. These look like a nice solution to the body mount project.

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    Although I ordered two sets of couplers I received an e-mail from the seller saying a mistake was made and only one was sent; he will send the other when he once again has them in stock.

    My first impression is positive. The couplers fit very precisely into the hoppers and are easy to install. Pin height was easy to adjust, I used the usual kadee graphite lube and when the car rolls across an embedded uncoupling magnet the couplers swing as expected. In appearance they are similar to Microtrains but not identical. I may be mistaken but the spring also seems stronger than mtl; if so it might lessen the slinky effect.

    For trucks I cut the couplers from the Atlas factory trucks. This left a stub which does not interfere with the coupler or the car when installed stub-end inboard instead of outboard.

    I installed both couplers on the same car which unfortunately prevents me from testing trainworx-to-trainworx uncoupling. Initial trainworx-to-microtrain testing did not work. It turns out there is too much friction - the couplers unhook but rub against each other hard enough to pull at least a single car. I only had to hold my finger down on the car being left behind to get it to uncouple.

    When the other set comes in I will install it on a 2nd hopper and test trainworx-to-trainworx uncoupling, along with pulling long trains and backup moves, and compare the car-to-car distance with these couplers to mtl short shank trucks.

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    Final follow-up on these couplers after operating for a while.

    I think for someone looking to convert to body-mounted couplers, these may be a good choice. Caveat is that they do not couple or magnetically uncouple as easily as the microtrains couplers, which means I won't be buying more of them.

    On the positive side they are easy to install and I did not notice
    a slinky effect.

    Like the mtls they
    stay reliably coupled; no problem pulling long trains up grade. In a sea of microtrains coupled cars they are indistinguishable from a foot away except for the spacing between cars. Pulling up grade the mtl/mtl spacing (with mtl spring compressed) is farther than the Trainworx. Sitting in a yard the Trainworx/Trainworx spacing looks slightly farther than mtl/mtl (with spring relaxed).

    In this pic the Trainworx equipped cars have a yellow square on the side. Everything else is mtl truck-mounted.
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    Niiiice. I might consider these from time to time, especially if I am replacing rapidos on ebay acquired stock.


    I'm assuming you have no troubles with these on curves, yah? I've noticed BMCs on cars up to about a scale sixty feet get along great with tight turns and short shank truckmount couplers. My Atlas Shay, both of my 0-8-0 switchers, my 0-4-0, my 0-6-0, all three Alco diesels, a caboose, and an intermountain 60' flat all get along juuust fine.
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    No problem with curves; I have 11 inch radius on mainline and slightly tighter going into the yard. Also no problems backing up. All in all pretty solid and almost as easy to install as replacing the trucks with trucks. Way easier than adding mtl body mounts.

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