I came across this idea on a British website called,
RMweb. At post #160 the Australian ModelTorque was mentioned. I found more information at
Model Torque. I spent almost one year trying to find out how this thing worked. I knew it used magnets, but how? After much research the light bulb went
on. They had mentioned in that post "eddy current". A Google search revealed all sorts of info on "eddy current" including this company K & J Magnetics from which I order the magnets from, now that I understand how an eddy current clutch works. K & J Magnetics also has a
great Blog describing how eddy current works. Saving me much typing in
trying to explain how it all works.
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Eddy Current Transmission Drive
I won't bore with all the research and test platforms I built to get to this bench mark. I believe I have come up with a test bed chassis where I can test different
strength magnets and different configurations of this unique drive system for model railroading.
Eddy Current Transmission Drive Parts
The major points of interest have been pointed out. Miniature ball bearings are used in the drive line to the gear towers.
Somewhere down the R & D line I will add ball bearings to the drive axles and gear tower.