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 rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.
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.