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    Default Uncoupling in yard troubles

    Working on layout, in n scale
    Using DCC
    just programmed in momentum which I am really liking
    decided to try the Kato uncoupling magnet as I'm workin on my yard
    obviously using Unitrack
    very difficult to uncouple consistently unless I un-program momentum
    am I missing something?
    how should I uncouple in yard and industries?
    plastic skewer?
    rix magnetic tool?
    ditch momentum and use Kato track magnet, seems about 90% plus reliable, but momentum is nice!
    other thoughts?

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    @EFchicago
    I've programmed in a just bit of momentum in my locos and love it. Just enough to smooth things out.
    I had a few guys grumble about the momentum and trying to switch the yard, several times they ran the string of cars off the end of the yard tracks. I just sat back and chuckled.
    It takes a little bit of getting use to, but once they get the feeling of the momentum they've all liked it as well.

    I do not use any type of "in track" or "below track" magnets. I use plastic and wooden picks for the uncoupling.
    Gives us a more "Hands On" feeling while operating.
    Plus you don't need to line up with the unsightly magnets and you don't need to watch for unwanted uncouplings.

    How much momentum are you programming into your locos?
    Which brand of chips are using?
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    Hi,

    I use the RailCrew Electromagnetic Remote Uncoupler throughout my entire layout. Even though these are made for HO they work excellent in N Scale. They are very easy to install even after your track has been laid. These uncouplers are completely below the track. The ballast is put right over top of them. Thus once the scene is done they are totally invisible.

    I run my layout exclusively with TrainController software. The Uncoupler is connected to a DS64 stationary Decoder. The software pulls the train to a spot about an inch in front of the Uncoupler. It then switches the Uncoupler on and backs the train up about an inch and then pulls forward. The cars are uncoupled. At that point the software then backs up again and pushes the cars back and then turns the Uncoupler off.

    If if you don’t use software the Uncoupler comes with a toggle switch that can be used.

    https://www.rapidotrains.com/product...hine-uncoupler
    Regards,
    Warren

    Digitrax: DCS210, DB150 AR Booster, BDL168, SE8C, DS64, PR4
    Azatrax: MRD8
    TrainController Software
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    Cheap and easy. Small wooden skewer taped or rubber banded to a small pocket flashlight. Let’s you see in between the cars while you are uncoupling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Cheap and easy. Small wooden skewer taped or rubber banded to a small pocket flashlight. Let’s you see in between the cars while you are uncoupling
    Yep, i used this in HO and now N. never a problem - except for the rare flat torch bettery
    Cheers,

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