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Well Santa was good to me this year and brought me a new USA Trains Dockside Swicher Locomotive (Christmas colors). It comes with two track magnets that trigger the bell/whistle. Does anyone know if USA Trains sells these as a spare part? If so, can you get them from St Aubin or another online store?

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Ed
 

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Ed,
If they are anything like the LGB ones, you can go to Radio Shack and get some. The ones I use are a little smaller then a dime. If you are not in a hurry I have some laying around some where.
 

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Kidmans carry those LGB ones. they lock into the ties. Don's you could hot glue them.
show us a photo of your "cute" engine.
 

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Ed, Nice Christmas present. Nice to see you renewed your membership. I enjoy your pictures of your layout that you used to post. Keep them coming.
Happy New Year also.
Leon
 

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Ed, from my experience, the LGB track magnets will not trip the reed switches in the Dockside Switcher... too low. When I installed the USAT magnets after trimming the sides to fit between the LGB ties, the motor blocks on my S4 and NW2 struck the top of the magnets.
 

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Instead of placing magnets hoigher (above the rail head) , use a stronger magnet at tie leve.

I have used some from discarded computer hard drives and these have approx. 1/2 inch length from a reed to trip the reed switch.
 
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