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Latest News

During the summer of 2007, the Dingham website will be transferred to www.dingham.co.uk 

There may be an enforced change in the type of electromagnet I supply in the fairly near future.

I have reluctantly had to impose price increases on Dingham products with effect from 1 January 2006.

I can now accept payment via PayPal. This will enable customers to pay by credit or debit card.

A page describing Mr Jim Mitchell's design for a DIY Electromagnet has been added to the site.

Those who have visited here before will see that the site has been totally re-designed. More below.

After a long development period, the design of the 4mm Dingham Autocoupler has been finalised. The kits are now available in quantity and cost 9.00 pounds (including UK P&P) for a kit containing parts to fit 20 vehicles. (Note: there will be a price increase to 10.00 pounds from 01 January 2006).

A photo-sequence showing How the Dingham Autocoupler Works has been added to the website. Note that this page is 80Kb plus and may take some time to download over a dial-up link.

What's New

This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our Web Site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.

24 June 2007
New Website Location

In a continuing process between 1 June and 31 August 2007, the Dingham website will be transferred from www.dingham.demon.co.uk to www.dingham.co.uk. The new location should be open from approximately 1 July 2007 and the old location will no longer be available after 31 August 2007.

14 August 2006
New Type of Electromagnet

The supplier of the solenoids I use to make my electromagnets has told me that there are only a few hundred left. I am looking for something to replace them. I will try to match or improve on the present specification, i.e., if possible, the new magnets will be of high resistance and will run on 12 - 24V DC.

22 October 2005
Price Increases from 1 January 2006

By January 2006, I shall have held my prices steady for 5 years and 11 months. During that time, although inflation has been at low levels, my costs have increased considerably and I must unfortunately increase the price of Dingham products. From 1 January 2006, prices will be as follows:

                        7mm Autocoupler    GBP 15.00
                        4mm Autocoupler    GBP 10.00
                        Springs                   GBP  2.00
                        Electromagnet        GBP  5.00

18 June 2003
Payment via PayPal

I can now accept payment via PayPal. This is a subsidiary company of eBay, the well known internet auction company. Using PayPal enables customers to pay by credit or debit card. I can then collect the payment from PayPal. I have added a PayPal page to the site which gives more information about PayPal and contains some tips on registering. Please note there is a 5% surcharge for using PayPal. This approximately reflects my costs.

12 February 2003
DIY Electromagnet

Jim Mitchell is an Australian user of 7mm Dingham Autocouplers. He has sent me a sample of his home made electromagnet with details of how it was made. With Jim's kind permission, a page describing the DIY Magnet has been added to the site for the benefit of other Dingham users.

3 August 2002
Website Redesign

This is more than an overhaul. The most noticeable difference is the appearance of the pages. I think they are clearer now, especially the navigation buttons. The site's navigation structure has also been overhauled and a navigation page has been added, accessible from the homepage, to explain how to get around the site.

17 May 2002
Dingham Autocoupler for 4mm Announced

After more than 12 months development work, the 4mm version of the Dingham Autocoupler was announced on 17 May 2002. Although it looks a lot like the original 7mm coupler and uses the same principle of operation, its development was far from being just a scaling-down of the 7mm artwork. In fact, the 4mm artwork is entirely new. A page describing the 4mm Autocoupler and further pages containing Instructions for the 4mm Coupler and a photo-sequence showing How the Coupler Works have been added to the site.

14 October 2000
Second Website Overhaul

Further changes have been made to the News and FAQs pages and a new page of Electromagnet Instructions has been added.

7 June 2000
Website Overhaul

Today, the Website has been thoroughly revised and updated. Changes have been made to News, FAQs and Products pages and new pages have been added describing the new Dingham Electromagnets and the Tests carried out on the electromagnets to prove their reliability. 

7 June 2000
Electromagnets

The magnets proved themselves to be reliable under exhibition conditions on the Dingham demonstration test track at the Halifax G0G Convention. One of the magnets was operated between 30 and 50 times an hour throughout the day -- far more intensive use than might be expected even on an exhibition shunting layout. It never even got warm and was 100% successful in uncoupling. The magnets will now be available as soon as stocks can be laid in -- probably mid-June 2000 -- and an Electromagnets Product Page has been added to the Website. 

7 June 2000
G0G Northern Summer Convention, Halifax, Saturday 3 June 2000

Dingham had an enjoyable and successful day at the Halifax G0G Convention. Many customers called by, introduced themselves and stopped for a chat. The main topics of conversation with both existing and new customers were electromagnets and double-ended operation of the Autocouplers.

15 May 2000
First Customer Feedback Tip 

The first customer feedback tip -- about an alternative method of fitting latches to Dingham Autocouplers -- has been published on the Feedback page.

24 February 2000
Spring and Split Pin Fixing of Dingham Autocouplers

Several customers have asked about sources of suitable springs for fitting Dingham couplers to vehicles by the spring and split pin method.

Dingham Autocouplers in the Model Railway Press

Model Rail, March 2003, ran a "Super Test" on couplings of various types. The Dingham Autocoupler was given the Best Automatic Coupler Award and was described as the "Rolls Royce".

The announcement of the 4mm Dingham couplers finally made it into British Railway Modeller's  November 2002 issue.

Railway Modeller, September 2002 had a brief announcement of the introduction of the 4mm Dingham Autocoupler in Latest Reviews.

Model Railway Journal, No136, July 2002 carried a short announcement of the introduction of the 4mm Dingham Autocoupler in Small Suppliers Forum.

The EM Gauge Society Newsletter, No 149, July 2002 included a description of the 4mm Dingham Autocoupler. Unfortunately, Dingham's address was given as Addington -- should be Addingham.

The EM Gauge Society also published a comprehensive Manual Sheet, 9.1.1.(7) on the  4mm Dingham Autocoupler. This includes a copy of the instructions and a photosequence showing the coupling and uncoupling actions. This should give EMGS members a very good idea of the coupler and its mechanism. (The photosequence can also be seen on this website). In the Manual Sheet Dingham's postcode is given wrongly -- should be LS29 0TN.

Model Trains, July 2002 carried a short article announcing the introduction of the 4mm Dingham Autocoupler.

Roy Wood describes his 0 gauge layout, Cranborne Joint in the May and June 2002 issues of Railway Modeller. In Part 2, he discusses automatic couplings as follows: "After experimenting with two or three types of auto coupling, all of which had their merits, I decided upon the excellent Dingham couplings designed and marketed by Trevor Shaw. These have the advantage of being pretty discreet when blackened, inexpensive, easily fitted to stock and, most importantly, they can be magnetically pre-uncoupled while vehicles are being pushed over the magnet. I use Trevor's electro-magnets running on 20V.
Because the couplings are 'handed', I suppose Dinghams might not suit every type of layout, particularly if stock has to be turned, but they suit me."

In Railway Modeller, October 2001, David Yule describes his use of Dingham Autocouplers on his superb 0 gauge layout, Abingdon. Even better, the free CD, given away with Railway Modeller, November 2001, includes a movie of Abingdon, showing the Autocouplers in action.

Bart Banks, reviewing an MSC Models MSWJR horsebox kit in Gauge 0 Guild Gazette, August 2001, says, "Three link couplings are included with the kit; they look fine although I chose not to use them, preferring to fit Dingham autocouplers".

The Gauge 0 Guild Gazette, August 2000, again carried news from Dingham, including announcement of the availability of springs and electromagnets and of this website.

In Latest Reviews, Railway Modeller, February 2000, showed photographs of the Autocouplers fitted to two vans, emphasising how unobtrusive they are.
 
In Trade News, Gauge 0 Guild Gazette, February 2000, Peter Trigwell, the Guild Trade Liaison Officer, described the Dingham Autocoupler as "one of the neatest couplers I've seen for some time". The Gazette also published a large isometric drawing of the coupler, clearly showing its construction and mechanism. More coverage is promised in a future edition of the Gazette.

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