STrax Operating Uncoupler Track sections are used to trigger the operating couplers on freight and passenger cars. The induction coil is energized when the Activation Button is pressed creating a magnetic field that pulls down on the operating coupler armature which in turn opens the coupler. The uncoupler track can be used on any S gauge freight or passenger car equipped with operating couplers.
STrax is simply the easiest S Gauge track system ever manufactured. Featuring durable metal 155# Code 125 Solid Nickel-Silver "T" Section Rails strong enough to stand on and a built-in roadbed for a realistic appearance ensures that an STrax layout will last for years while sporting a realistic appearance not found in other S Gauge track systems.
Following the specifications of the Pennsylvania Railroad for rail, ties, ballast and grading from the 1950's, each sectional component is designed with positive mechanical and electrical connections. The integrated, built-in track roadbed provides for an easy-to-use, realistic appearance. Because the roadbed is solid, STrax is perfect for temporary carpet based layouts. The built-in roadbed prevents any dirt from staining your carpet and it comes apart easily allowing temporary layout to be disassembled in minutes.
While the STrax system employs durable nickel-silver rails that won't rust or oxidize in an outdoor environment, the plastic roadbed and rail ties are constructed of ABS plastic that can be compromised outdoors. Essentially, ABS plastic is not designed to withstand extreme temperature swings and can distort (in high heat) or crack in extreme cold. In addition, the plastic will tend to fade in color since it has not been treated with UV resistant paint. As a result, we do not recommend that STrax be used outdoors.