To catch a sprat (and a winkle)

11 Aug

As summer fades so modelling becomes more accessible. I have decided to push on with the wagons for Kirkmellington with focus on couplings. I am using mini rakes of 3 for the colliery. The outer wagons are fitted with Sprat and winkle delayed action auto coupling from Model Signal Engineering. These allow hands free shunting using permanent magnets under the track And are the tried and tested coupling of choice for Rochdale MRG. The inner ends and middle wagon will be fitted with 3link / instanter couplings. My preference for these are the Roger Smith Model Railways line31 and line32  (formerly Smiths LP1 and LP2) couplings which are easy to assemble and robust whilst large enough for easy use forming rakes.

I have been batch working, 5 or 6 wagons at a time. I use the brass mounting plate from MSE which simplifies fitting and helps ensure a consistent level and location for the autocoupling, essential for reliability. I prefer the Roger Smith line 33 magnetic links for the Sprats as they are a little stronger than the MSE option.

Wagons and components on the Sprat and winkle production line

Wagons and components on the Sprat and winkle production line

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2 Responses to “To catch a sprat (and a winkle)”

  1. David Smith August 16, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    I have several S&Ws to assemble myself. I now have some additional references to follow; thanks!

    • Black and Decker Boy August 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Good luck. They are reasonably simple but need consistency. Good old trial and error sees you through the early ones.

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