The Switching Coupler is compatible with the classic G gauge hook-and-loop coupler and features completely revised control electronics with a limit switch, plug-in connection cable, a new type of uncoupler plate along with running boards and a new coupler hook. The uncoupling plate has a visually appealing checker plate design, which is also used to uncouple the symmetrical coupler. Manual uncoupling by hand is now also conveniently possible thanks to the two small side running boards. If you don’t like these running boards, you can simply cut them off with a pair of pliers.
The Switching Coupler is mounted with a screw at the place where the bracket coupler was mounted before. For LGB and PIKO, the appropriate mounting material is included. With the enclosed connection cable, the uncoupler is connected to the decoder (for the first time, the uncoupler also has its own connection socket). By means of a limit switch, the uncoupler adjusts itself each time it is put into operation. At the first switching via the hand controller, the motor retracts until the hook reaches the integrated limit switch and switches off. The new Switching Coupler is suitable for any commercially available digital decoder. Due to the integrated buffering, it can also work properly on decoders with insufficient output stabilization.
With the update 2.0, the performance spectrum has been significantly expanded compared to the proven Switching Coupler #8442000. In addition to the classic operation at the function output of a decoder, the new Switching Coupler now also supports real DCC operation with its integrated DCC decoder. Even if there is no function output available on the decoder, or if it is to be used on a wagon without a decoder, the intelligent electronics allow direct control of the shunting coupler 2.0 in the DCC system.
The Switching Coupler 2.0 (8442010) replaces the previous Switching Coupler (8442000).