I am an HO scale modeler. One thing I have always been picky about was how "realistically" model trains could be operated. A few years back when Atlas came out with their S series switcher I was in heaven. A locomotive that could finally be operated without lurching ahead like a "toy". Then of course there was the Walthers H-10-44 by Roco and subsequent Kato Geep models .
For some strange reason I find myself fascinated with the size of N Scale models although I have been in and out of that scale 3 times now. Because of a back problem and an irritable Sciatic nerve I find I can only stand about one half hour in the basement running my HO trains, so I purchased another N Scale train set recently so I could operate sitting down in an upstairs bedroom. My problem is the erratic lurching back and forth when the train first starts up (s-l-o-w-l-y). I find with Rapido couplers the lurching is worse backing up. With MicroScale couplers the problem is worse going forward. I'm afraid my caboose crew will suffer whiplash. Once the train is moving faster the lurching disappears. I am running an Atlas GP-7 made in China, on Atlas snap track with an MRC Tech 4 280 power pack. Is there something I can do to eliminate this problem or is it just the nature of the scale?
Jim James F. Westphal