Author Topic: "operating" HO scale brake lines  (Read 2198 times)

arobb00

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"operating" HO scale brake lines
« on: February 23, 2013, 02:48:06 PM »
Anyone seen these?  NARCorp Magna-Lock brake lines, sold by Pacific Western Rail Systems (seem to be out of Canada).  Basically a thin rubber hose with strong magnets on the ends; they look fairly realistic.  They automatically "connect" themselves when the cars/locos are coupled and disconnect as the cars are pulled apart. 
Saw it in a Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine email.  If you haven't heard of it, it's a neat free online-only magazine with great articles and photos.  One article they had recently was how somebody used DCC to automate an engineer figure's head to turn toward the direction the loco was moving!   


Link to brake line website:
http://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=7440
Youtube video of them in action:


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Re: "operating" HO scale brake lines
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 02:43:18 PM »
Anyone seen these?  NARCorp Magna-Lock brake lines, sold by Pacific Western Rail Systems (seem to be out of Canada).  Basically a thin rubber hose with strong magnets on the ends; they look fairly realistic.  They automatically "connect" themselves when the cars/locos are coupled and disconnect as the cars are pulled apart. 
Saw it in a Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine email.  If you haven't heard of it, it's a neat free online-only magazine with great articles and photos.  One article they had recently was how somebody used DCC to automate an engineer figure's head to turn toward the direction the loco was moving!   


Link to brake line website:
http://www.pwrs.ca/announcements/view.php?ID=7440
Youtube video of them in action:


That's kinda awesome. You know what I'm thinking? Self connecting wires to power a FRED off the dcc circuit in the locomotive
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Re: "operating" HO scale brake lines
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013, 03:53:04 PM »
I've scene this, also through MRH. It's cool, be curious to see where it goes. I like the idea of hem pulling apart. It would be neat to be able to hook them up manually, perhaps not such a strong magnet. Also, would one be able to weather them?
I personally like the article where the guy converted the old Athearn 200 ton crane into a working model using DCC. I too subscribe to MRH, it's an outstanding publication. Plus they have discussion forums as well.
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