Alan’s uncouplers and point levers

The gremlins are about again: some of you will have missed the complete picture gallery of John’s scratch building. if that’s you, it’s here.

“Hello Al, what a fantastic U boat, and the other ships, such talent.

Puts my efforts in the shade!

But I’ll send my latest offering anyway. I did say that I would show how my uncouplers work, and my manual point levers.

The drawings & pictures should be self explanatory so I hope it helps others if they wish to try it for themselves.
The rough plan for the wheelbarrow has no dimentions as they can be of any size. They are extremely fiddley though so not for the faint hearted. for every one I make, I throw 3 away. The orange uncoupler tool is not my idea, I got it from a magazine so can’t take credit for that. It’s painted orange because I keep mislaying it. It has a special hook but I sometimes forget to use it

That’s all for now.


(Pics are clickable)








Some more excellent scratch building from Alan. And while we’re on the subject, I should probably point out there are just as many trains & layout videos, as there are on boats, on John’s site. Here’s how I know…

The last 5 seconds on one of John’s videos – the middle one – really struck a chord with me (it’s not hard to see why if you’ve been following my blog). So I parted with 6 hard earned dollars. It really is an excellent resource – like I said, just as much train stuff as boats. It’s certainly got my endorsement. (You can see that cheeky middle video here.)

Anyhow, please do keep ’em coming.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



3 Responses to Alan’s uncouplers and point levers

  1. Very handy uncouplers Alan
    I must try that wheelbarrow.

  2. I like your uncoupling system. Would it be okay if I copied it?

    Paul Otway

  3. Paul, of course you can copy the uncoupling system, that’s why I share my ideas.
    Good luck, Alan

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