An uncoupling tool you might already own!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, Dec 18, 2002.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I still have a lot of equipment outiftted with the traditional horn hook couplers. I plan to eventually switch over to magnetic couplers but meanwhile have been dealing with the problem of uncoupling cars with the old style couplers. I know that some people use shish kabob sticks to open magnetic couplers so I wondered what might work on the horn hook variety. I was using my three sided mini file the other day on a turn out that was causing some derailments when it occurred to me to try poking the tapered end of the file between two couplers. Giving the file a little twist or two seperated the knuckles and released the cars. No more unrealistic lifting of cars to get them apart!

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