Acceptable grades

RetiredFF Jun 17, 2013

  1. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

    Here is a video of a WB train climbing up a 1 1/2% grade then into the 2% about 3 train lengths from the summit or Quanah. These locos handled it very well, and is a nice reminder for me how the MRR looked before the scenic shell was in place. But I can say that we operated this thing for a few years with nothing between the top of the layut and the concrete floor and we only had a couple incidents when the operator changed directions while climbing the hill, only lost a couple cars thru all that. Man was I lucky.

  2. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Watching now Tom. Good stuff!

  3. JNXT 7707

    JNXT 7707 TrainBoard Member

    That is amazing. I could watch that for hours.
    Do you have to stay on top of it, adjusting the power to the locos according to the grade, or can you just let it run?
  4. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter


    Appears your train is holding up to 10 cars per locomotive. My rule of thumb for my railroad. A freight train pulled by five (5) locomotives with fifty five (55) freight cars tied in behind. Guessing, you might be able to add five (cars) to that freight train and it will still pull it over the hill.

    I'd give anything to have the your available space. Envious as hell with regard to your layout. Nice work! :)
  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

    Thanks Charlie, Jerry and RickH

    I owe a debt of gratitude to Charlie for getting me plugged in and involved so thanks Charlie.

    Thanks Jerry. We can just let it run but all the locos you see in operation are re-geared for these speeds and are very capable of the job at hand. Should you show up here with factory geared stuff. Yes, you will be required to stay on top of the train as they do struggle to the top and can have a runaway of sorts to the bottom. Always remember, the Sinister, Crotchety, Yard Master seems to be able to get every car on your train that it will handle +3 sleepers. Thats just how they roll. They seem to hate having power sitting around, and have been known to put huge trash bags of leaves in empty gondolas just to get them out of town.
    Yep, your right Rick. Are you sure you aren't a Yard Master??:):):) But Yessir I agree, they could have handled a few more cars. Too bad the Yard master couldn't find a few more.

    Thanks Guys, I am a lucky guy for sure, and I hope to share with you all.
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Nice. Trackwork appears to be very, very smooth.
  7. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    LOL!!! Yessir, as a matter of fact. At least I serve as such on my model railroad... as well as other hat's I wear. COL!!

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