Here's a question. Hopefully someone will be able to answer it from
experience rather than repeating something unsubstantiated from elsewhere.
What's the hauling capacity of a Hornby Live Steamer? I.E. How many
I have been asked this question by someone who is thinking of putting a line
down in their garden to run one.
On Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:45:19 GMT, "Elliott Cowton"
My A3 on an absolutely level track manages to start a train of 14
coaches and haul them at a reasonable speed for 30 minutes or so.
There is a bit of slippage on starting. Not a runaway spinning but a
slip for a partial revolution or so. looks quite prototypical.
10 of these coaches are the current Hornby Gresleys,2 are Hornby
Pullmans which are the illuminated version so may have little friction
from the pickups and the remaining two are Bachman Bulleids.
it may haul more but that is all I have at the moment.
It was quite a small circuit of about 8ft by 10ft with 21" inch
radius corners. put together mainly as test track as it is my
intention to take it outdoors next year. Introducing a 1 in 40
gradient dropped the haulage down a bit. This was not consistent.
sometimes it managed 13 coaches other times 11 or 12.
also the gradient was less than a complete train length.
The loco stalled rather than loose traction.
What is very important with these things is adequate power feeds to
all parts of the circuit both to handle the relatively high current
draw for the heater and also to enable the control signals to get
through. otherwise they tend to be a bit unmanageable.
On a long garden railway that is going to mean some fairly substantial
cabling to avoid voltage drop.
If you don't mind looking at U tube some owners have put their locos
on there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_1YDW7JBfI
shows one going well on an outdoor layout
Thanks for that, further question if I may:
How did the bulbs (and plastic lamp mouldings) stand up to the extra
Not owning one of the current Pullman coaches I haven't taken one apart to
see how the bulbs are rated, but I would imagine that they may run rather
hotter than when they are on an ordinary 12V supply.
On Thu, 11 Oct 2007 21:56:49 GMT, "Elliott Cowton"
They seem to have suffered no ill effects.To be honest I never gave it
a moments thought. Not sure if they are individual lamps or some sort
of light pipe system, or are they LED s?
Many must now be running on DCC powered layouts by now. Isn't the
voltage on those 14 or 15v? The nature of a DCC layout may mean a
rake of illuminated coaches could be sat lit in the sidings for
several hours. I have not heard anybody mention in the press that this
has caused any problems with the Hornby Pullmans. I could see some
problems with older grain of wheat bulbs but cannot think what if any
stock uses them.
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