Freerails Home 

Freerails IS ACCEPTING new Members ... To join Freerails ... See how to Register as a Member in the 'Joining Freerails' Forum

 Moderated by: .  
AuthorPost
George W
Registered


Joined: Thu Feb 19th, 2015
Location: California USA
Posts: 382
Status: 
Offline
Found this thought maybe someone might want to try it.
Climbing 15 degrees sounds pretty cool to me.

https://books.google.com/books?id=i98DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA190&lpg=PA190&dq=ho+engine+that+climbs&source=bl&ots=L0fdr3UbMr&sig=UPWnmBEynXoiALYO81hwVw2pmNU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lwIIVcuxGM7noASg24HQBQ&ved=0CDwQ6AEwCg#v=onepage&q=ho%20engine%20that%20climbs&f=false

W C Greene
Moderator


Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8101
Status: 
Offline
Wow, that is cool! I would imagine that a properly weighted loco pulling a very free rolling and light car could do the job. On my old layout, I had about a 15-20% incline which had a working winch to haul cars up & down but I found that one of my non-stock Bachmann On30 0-4-0t's could haul one weighted ore car up the grade. I never operated that way but it did climb the incline.

Woodie

Alwin
Registered


Joined: Sat Jun 29th, 2013
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 631
Status: 
Offline
Nice, but I think in this case the loco should always be behind the car, pushing it not pulling.

Alwin

pipopak
Moderator


Joined: Wed Apr 13th, 2011
Location: Florida USA
Posts: 2057
Status: 
Offline
Loco is always on the downside of the track. Jose.

George W
Registered


Joined: Thu Feb 19th, 2015
Location: California USA
Posts: 382
Status: 
Offline
W C Greene wrote:
Wow, that is cool! I would imagine that a properly weighted loco pulling a very free rolling and light car could do the job. On my old layout, I had about a 15-20% incline which had a working winch to haul cars up & down but I found that one of my non-stock Bachmann On30 0-4-0t's could haul one weighted ore car up the grade. I never operated that way but it did climb the incline.

Woodie


At one time I was thinking about a Porter 0-4-0 for my pizza layout as I head they could pull a grade ... But they are out of my current price range.

I'm hoping to find an engine that can handle tight turns, pull several (light) cars up a grade and maybe be something I can customize with a scratch built body. Oh and be under $100 ..... I can dream, right :/

W C Greene
Moderator


Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8101
Status: 
Offline
Yep, unfortunately the Bachmann On30 Porters are quite expensive now...I bought mine back when they were under 40 bucks but now they have dcc, sound, and whatever else can be shoehorned into the tiny critters. There may still be some out there at a "reasonable" price. Good luck.

Woodie

mabloodhound
Registered


Joined: Mon Apr 5th, 2010
Location: South Shore, Halifax, Massachusetts USA
Posts: 318
Status: 
Offline
Mt. Washington, NH cog railway.


George W
Registered


Joined: Thu Feb 19th, 2015
Location: California USA
Posts: 382
Status: 
Offline
Cool photo :)

Helmut
Registered


Joined: Sun Feb 17th, 2013
Location: Friedberg, Germany
Posts: 1249
Status: 
Offline
@Woody
In ye olde days it was the Varney Dockside we employed for that....versatile and affordable.

Oh, and BTW - that mt. washington picture seems to be tilted to the left by some 10..15°. Nobody would be able to keep hold in the coach were it that steep.

Si.
Moderator


Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 5883
Status: 
Offline
Mmmm...

...the trestle uprights seem to be pointing upwards.

Si.

W C Greene
Moderator


Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8101
Status: 
Offline
The Mt Washington is a rack railway. The loco has gears and so does the coach. There is a safety appliance that keeps it all from slipping down the grade. That appears to be the actual gradient-steep as hell!

Woodie

Helmut
Registered


Joined: Sun Feb 17th, 2013
Location: Friedberg, Germany
Posts: 1249
Status: 
Offline
Here are some photos, also showing Jacob's Ladder. Breathtaking anyway.

Bernd
Registered
 

Joined: Wed Jul 18th, 2012
Location: New York USA
Posts: 822
Status: 
Offline
Here's a video showing a very interesting turnout at the base station, plus one at about midpoint. Also shows how the little engine works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JGpAlLrSD0

They now have a bio-diesel for the 'Green Winnies"

http://thecog.com/cog_technology.php

Bernd

Helmut
Registered


Joined: Sun Feb 17th, 2013
Location: Friedberg, Germany
Posts: 1249
Status: 
Offline
And here they show how it was done in the old days before transfer tables came into use.

BTW Like to see they employ good old European style coaches - long wheelbase, two axles - no way to conceal bad tracklaying!

@Herr Bert
That apparatus beats your proposed pole road double slip by lengths!
Kudos to Rube Goldberg.

Last edited on Fri Mar 20th, 2015 09:47 am by Helmut


UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2016 Data 1 Systems