Hornby develops new magnetic couplings


Hornby has developed a new magnetic style of coupling for its ‘OO’ gauge rolling stock, as an alternative to the traditional NEM style small tension lock examples.

Tension lock couplings first appeared in the Tri-ang ‘TT’ gauge range during the 1950s and this style of coupling mechanism has been adopted by Hornby and other ‘OO’ manufacturers ever since, albeit with refinements through the years to the slim variants with NEM coupler pockets used today.

Several new versions of Hornby’s new magnetic couplings have been developed for use within the range, the first of which recently appeared with the release of the conpany’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Maunsell dining saloons (HM182).

This version of the coupling has been designed to represent a pair of traditional brake pipes between older carriages and includes strong neodymium magnets to ensure they couple together correctly. They are designed to simply plug into existing NEM coupler pockets.

Hornby has indicated that further examples of the new magnetic couplings are set to appear in due course.

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