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Interesting DCC uncoupler I came across

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Interesting DCC uncoupler I came across
Posted by rrinker on Monday, June 25, 2018 6:42 AM

 I went looking at the Kadee site for another topic because I forget off the top of my head the number for a coupler I wanted to suggest, and came across this link, since they are licensed by Kadee.

https://www.smart-coupler.com/

I've seen plenty of DCC uncouplers before, but this one is different - the whole mechanism fits inside a standard #5-size box!

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Posted by tstage on Monday, June 25, 2018 7:00 AM

Thanks for the link, Randy.  So, if I'm understanding it correctly, you can map the uncoupler (which is wired to your decoder) to one or two functions on your throttle, yes?  Obviously, if your locomotive has front & rear headlights, you'd need at least a 4- or 6-function decoder for wiring the uncoupler.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, June 25, 2018 8:08 AM

There was a post earlier about this coupler, I tried ordering a pair but never got a response.
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by rrinker on Monday, June 25, 2018 7:05 PM

tstage

Thanks for the link, Randy.  So, if I'm understanding it correctly, you can map the uncoupler (which is wired to your decoder) to one or two functions on your throttle, yes?  Obviously, if your locomotive has front & rear headlights, you'd need at least a 4- or 6-function decoder for wiring the uncoupler.

Tom

 

 One function if you don't mind the front and rear opening at the same time, or two if you want the two couplers independent.

 Running out of functions seems to be less of a problem with modern 21 pin decoders and the motherboards. Then it also depends on what other stuff you have - for me, since my locos ONLY have a headlight and a rear light, I wouldn't need anything more than 4 functions.

 These should also work better than the MTH ones. Whie limited to uncoupling from the loco (unless you want to put decoders in every car - and how would you address them all? Although I do plan to put function decoders in my cabees to light the interior and markers), the MTH ones don't couple up very good, you have to slam into the standing cars. Since these use actual Kadees, they should coupel easily.

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Posted by Geared Steam on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 3:21 PM

rrinker

 I went looking at the Kadee site for another topic because I forget off the top of my head the number for a coupler I wanted to suggest, and came across this link, since they are licensed by Kadee.

https://www.smart-coupler.com/

I've seen plenty of DCC uncouplers before, but this one is different - the whole mechanism fits inside a standard #5-size box!

                                       --Randy

 

Thanks Randy!

Signed up for the newletter, these look very interesting. 

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Posted by Bayfield Transfer Railway on Friday, June 29, 2018 6:29 PM

My yard switchers only have front light, rear light, and cab roof flasher, so with a six function decoder this becomes VERY doable.

And I think it would be ham dandy -- er, d*mn handy -- on a yard switcher.

 

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