April 21, 2012
We Now Supply Kits Using Reed Switches
GATR Works now offers magnetic-latching reed switches. Reed Switches allow you to turn the EOT on and off using a magnet. No more cutting out the bottom of a train car to mount a switch. No more removing the roof or carload to turn the turn the Fred on and off. Just simply pass the magnet of the location of the reed switch to turn it on and off now.
What is GATR Works?
GATR Works is a family owned business that manufacture EOT's or FRED, End Of Train devices, Flashing Red End Device for model trains specializing in "N" scale. We also install them on cars for sale on Ebay. Click the link on the right to visit our Ebay Store.The company started in Southern California in 2002. GATR without the "O" is a combination of the first initials of the the Goyette family, Greg, Audra, Theresa and Rachael. We all enjoy model trains and rail fanning in the Kansas City metro area of Missouri and making FREDs is a family endeavor.
What is a FRED/EOT? FRED stands for Flashing Red End of train Device, EOT stands for End Of Train device. In the mid 80's when the railroads stopped using cabooses, they still needed something to indicate the end of the train and so the FRED/EOT was born. It is usually attached to the coupler of the last car in the consist. In addition to having the flashing light it also has a sensor to measure brake air pressure and a radio to send the information to the engineer in the lead locomotive.
GATR Works manufactures battery powered kits that simulate the FRED/EOT on N scale model rail cars. Our kits come complete with battery, battery holder, switch and Red LED. We have blinking for modern freight cars (ulf series) as well as non blinking for older passenger cars and cabooses (cbl series)
GATR Works also has a line of FRED/EOT kits that include a DCC decoder that run off of track power.