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This rambling blog is about building a couple of simple layouts in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most stations were merely a curved loop and a siding.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Couplings - Kadees

Building a model railway is a personal quest, it can be a pastiche of the prototype or just 'fun', but is a truism that it can never truly capture real life and so we are left with a compromise.

However, amongst the choices that we are free to make are realism and accuracy. We can choose to replicate the prototype as accurately as possible, sometimes a more liberating choice because we merely copy nature but sometimes this can lead to a lifeless model because even as we copy the prototype we unconsciously introduce problems that do not exist in nature.

For example, couplings for HO, realistic screw couplings could be modelled with no room for error and without the ability to shunt without the intrusion of the hand. For years, Kadees have been the preferred choice, their 'hands-free' operation and range of applications avoid damage to fragile wagon chassis or expensive locos.

This short video from Paul Lancaster, shows how hidden uncoupling magnets can be installed.

More waffle to follow........


  1. This wonky fence like the real. Picking the proper wood for that.

  2. Tim, I like your approach to realism. If you look at this video of Buseck in 2011 there is a nice wooden fence as the class 50 passes the buildings.



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