for HO scale trains, how many cars can be attached to one engine without causing wear to the engine?

Question by chris: for HO scale trains, how many cars can be attached to one engine without causing wear to the engine?
i know that it depends on the quality of the engine, so lets assume that the quality is average

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Answer by Lionheart ®
It also depends on the transformer. I just have the cheap ones that come with sets. I burned out one when the engine derailed, but kept drawing power for several hours. Another burnt out when I tried running two engines at once. But the most I had was about 20 cars.

Remember, a scale model train is a microcosm of a train and whatever scenery you have. A 10 car train can represent a 50, or more, real train.

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