Not wishing to answer for Brian but I mounted my magnets 3 in a row to extend the activated area. They are just loosely placed under the sleepers and held in place by ballast. Each magnet is approx 4 mm thick. Each magnet does have a central hole if you want to screw them down.
Fitting to some loco's could be a challenge but if space is a constraint then the end of the trailing arm can be bent back or bent at an angle. Using this method I have trailing arms that are only 10 mm long on some diesel loco's yet they still couple/uncouple perfectly.
The best thing to do is experiment. The magnets are readily available but you can try with different strengths. The staples are virtually free. It is well worth trying.
Enjoy that shunting......
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