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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 02:23 am
   
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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 12:55 pm
   
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Dwayne wrote: Not really.That was a rhetorical question.........

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 07:32 pm
   
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W C Greene wrote: Herb-there is an alternative...run locos with traction tires or put some of that Toad Snot stuff on the drivers. Or maybe use a hoist to help the loco up the stiff grade. I know that one works.

                   Woodie
Yes Woodie, but every traction tire is a wheel that can't be relied on for electrical pickup. Don't know about snot (Bullfrog type) but can't believe that it is going to make contact any more reliable.

Now we DO know how to overcome bad wheel/rail contact though, don't we---


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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 08:22 pm
   
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Herb-well, yes..we do know how it could be done. A properly equalized locomotive mechanism would pull correctly and maintain electrical continunity but how many RTR locomotives have this feature? I suspect NONE do. That other alternative will be not discussed here. There's a thread for that.

How about using a hoist...I know that works!

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:18 pm
   
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Is a severe grade a 1%?

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:33 pm
   
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Nope, a severe grade is a 10% like I have on the main line...the hoist incline is 15% or so.. The higher the number, the steeper the grade. A 1% grade is barely a grade.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:39 pm
   
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W C Greene wrote: Nope, a severe grade is a 10% like I have on the main line...the hoist incline is 15% or so.. The higher the number, the steeper the grade. A 1% grade is barely a grade.

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okay, what about a 2%? I like it after this youtube video......

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:47 pm
   
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Traction tires are not prototypical.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:48 pm
   
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pipopak wrote: Traction tires are not prototypical.
Thank you, that's exactly what I though!:thumb:

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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 09:51 pm
   
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So back to square one: heavy loco, lotsa wheels.



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