Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Model Railroad Layout in one of the Baggage Cars

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Model Railroad Layout in one of the Baggage Cars
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Image by woodyrr
In one of the baggage cars, there is an operating model railroad layout. Jim Pasby and Karl Stevenson discuss what to work on next.

Second train ride day of 2011.

5000 Series Subway Cars, G.R.C. & W. (England) G1-4; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; September 1960

Monday, March 4th, 2013

5000 Series Subway Cars, G.R.C. & W. (England) G1-4; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; September 1960
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Image by San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Description: 5000 Series Subway Cars, G.R.C. & W. (England) G1-4; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; September 1960
Copyright: Brenda M. Bailey
Object ID: BMBSlides_03406
Repository: San Diego Model Railroad Museum Library

Amtrak Superliners With Private Cars.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Amtrak action at the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club. This train features 2 Kato F40ph’s, 2 Kato MHC’s, Rapido smooth side baggage, 3 Kato Sleepers, Kato Diner, Kato Lounge, 2 Kato Coaches, 1 Kato Coach-Baggage, and two private cars. Walther’s Milwaukee Road Super Dome, and Kato CB&Q Business Car.

Lionel Burlington Northern SD-60, Crane & Boom Cars

Friday, December 28th, 2012

This review covers 3 great new Lionel pieces: The Burlington Northern SD-60 and the Burlington Northern Command Control Crane and Boom Cars.

CN DASH 9 pulls GATX TankTrain Tank Cars from Lionel

Monday, December 17th, 2012

CN DASH 9 pulls GATX TankTrain Tank Cars from Lionel Canadian National General Electric DASH 9 Diesel-Electric Locomotive model with RailSounds and TrainMaster Command Control. GATX TankTrain Tank Cars in the 2000’s CN scheme and the original TankTrain scheme from the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Lionel made a very limited run of very few road numbers of the GATX TankTrain Tank Cars. There is an end-of-train device with a flashing red light on the last tank car. The grade crossing lights are from MTH RailKing. The two-story brick buildings are from Walthers. The 3-Rail, solid rail O Gauge railroad track is from Atlas O.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

how many cars can a lionel engine pull?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Question by farrel t: how many cars can a lionel engine pull?
What engine pulls the best?

Best answer:

Answer by Ben H
This, truthfully, is a simple question with a very complex answer.

Basically, every locomotive is able to exert a pulling force, and every car has a certain amount of force required to pull it. In order to properly answer your question, we need to examine each of these.

The amount of pulling force a locomotive can exert is related to two factors: the torque available from the motor, and the ability of the wheels to grip the rails(tractive effort). Some locomotive designs are limited by tractive effort, and others are limited by torque.

For most Lionel locomotives made before the 1990s, you’ll find that tractive effort is by far the greatest limiting factor.

Historically, the oldest Lionel locomotives had driving wheels(drivers) which were nickel plated, giving them a smooth surface. These would tend to not grip the rail very well, and would slip very easily.

Other, typically lower-end, locomotives would tend to have drivers which were cast from sintered(powdered) iron. These tend to be rougher, and so will actually grip the track better.

In the 1950s, Lionel came up with Magnetraction, which turns the wheels into permanent magnets, thus allowing them to grip the track more tightly. As a consequence of this, all magnetraction engines also must have sintered iron drivers, thus this alone will increase the pulling power.

There’s a catch to magnetraction, however-it will only work with steel track. Lionel’s traditional “tubular” track is steel, and the magnetraction works fine, as is Lionel’s new Fastrack and track from the Gargraves corporation. Other modern track, however, such as that from MTH(Realtrax) and Atlas O, are made of nickel silver, and thus magnetraction is ineffective on them.

In any case, adding weight to any locomotive increases the tractive effort. More expensive locomotives tend to, as a general rule, weigh more, and thus will almost always pull better. Adding some lead weight to any locomotive can, in most cases, dramatically increase its pulling power.

In the 1990s, Lionel began making extensive use of traction tires, which are small rubber bands wrapped around some of the driving wheels. These grip any type of track very effectively, and greatly increase tractive effort. With most modern Lionel locomotives, the limit of pulling power is how much torque the motor can exert. Most modern locomotives have just about the same motor, so most are pretty much equal.

Now, let’s examine the nature of the cars being pulled.

All cars, of course, have a certain amount of mass. This comes into play when starting the train from rest or accelerating, however once the train is in motion, the amount of mass in the train doesn’t make a whole lot of difference.

What does make a difference, however, is how freely rolling the cars are. Older cars had blunt-ended axles which rolled in cast-zinc bearings. These require a fair amount of force to move. By contrast, newer designs(1970s and newer) typically used needlepoint axles which roll in Delrin plastic bearings. These roll with almost no resistance.

When dealing with a modern locomotive pulling a train of modern-era cars, it’s entirely reasonable to expect to be able to pull trains well in excess of 50 cars. For an older locomotive pulling older cars, anywhere from 4-10 might be a reasonable size.

What do you think? Answer below!

Lionel Corp. Standard Gauge Blue Comet with #400E Steam Locomotive and 5 Cars in True HD 1080p

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

This video shows my most recent acquisition — the Lionel Corp. (manufactured by MTH) Standard Gauge Blue Comet set. It features the #400E steam locomotive (yes, I know, owning two #400E’s is going overboard but what can I say) and five passenger cars. The baggage car was never included with the original set from the 1930’s but they did a good job of maintaining the look and feel of the original set. In appearance, the set is a dead ringer for the orignal set from 80 years ago. Operationally, well … it’s equipped with the full Protosound 2 control and sound package. I’m running it from my DCS remote and the sounds you can hear for yourself. In this True HD 1080p video, you can see it on my around-the-ceiling layout in a slow speed runby, a faster runby, and in the last segment, I provide a sample of the great Blue Comet passenger station sounds that come with this set. Please visit my web site — — for lots more video and photos of both real and model trains.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

What are the cons of cars with hydrogen internal combustion engines?

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Question by Shannon: What are the cons of cars with hydrogen internal combustion engines?
I’ve been researching hydrogen cars for a project and I don’t understand why all the focus is being put on hydrogen fuel cell electric cars instead of hydrogen internal combustion engines. As I understand it, regular old internal combustion engines like we use in all gasoline cars can be modified to burn hydrogen instead, so it seems weird to me that people are focusing so much on fuel cells, which have flaws of their own, like the fact that they use platinum which is really expensive. So why aren’t car manufacturers just making cars with a normal internal combustion engine that burns hydrogen instead of gas? Why the fuel cells instead?

Best answer:

Answer by Tony
The internal combustion engine is horribly inefficient at converting energy, and that’s the biggest reason I’ve heard over time for doing away with it. At a rough estimate from what I can remember a gas engine has around 30% efficiency at most and going down from 18% in other cases. The processes that still use combustion on a large scale such as coal or gas power plants can get around 90% efficiency. Basically with the internal combustion engine you’re wasting energy by turning it into heat rather than a form you can use for movement. If you start researching the physics behind internal combustion engines that should give you a good lead to start branching out from.

The other aspect is safety. Hydrogen is pretty flammable to say the least, so burning it already has risks when it comes to malfunctions, but also accident safety. You also need to consider that it needs to be transported. You can’t feasibly keep it as a liquid like we do regular old gasoline. In gas form you either need a lot of space to contain it, or keep it under extremely high pressure to have a decent carrying capacity. Again, pretty big risk if you get into an accident. The fuel cell approach can avoid those problems pretty well. As for the platinum, it is used as a catalyst, but it doesn’t get used up the fuel will. It’s like using a pot to cook food. The food is basically one use, but the pot is reusable.

All in all, safety and efficiency are the big ones to delve into a bit more.

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Dans Lionel Super O …running ..Passanger Cars

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Finally got some Passenger Cars for the layout! Lionel ..painted the trucks black … Notice test run only (no Passengers till approved) Using TMCC and Lionel Super O.. Able to run three trains on main level.. One on the lower trolley on the upper level. also a inspection van on the side..8 remote switches and two manual switches .. Able to move trains from inside to the outer side with out lifting a train.. Reports of a space rocket pad and area is reportedly waiting for approval at the zoning hearing.. stay tuned..

locomotive and cars numbering?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Question by Shadow: locomotive and cars numbering?
i am filling out a form for a custom-made locomotive (with more being made in the future) and I have a few questions? The purpose of me asking is because I am planning my future model railroad and I love model and actual trains.

What is a road number and please provide an example?

Does a locomotive number have to start in the 100000 or can it start anywhere?

what is a road name or is that the name of the company that owns or made the locomotive?

Best answer:

Answer by Andy
The road name is the name of the railroad operating the locomotive.Such as UP or BNSF etc.All railroads use different numbering for different models of engines but they are almost always 3 or 4 digit numbers.So in your case what you would want to do is this..whatever engine your ordering(for example a GE C44ac owned by the Union Pacific) google in the engine type and railroad to get an idea of what numbers they use.Here’s a list for the Union Pacific There should be other lists for other railroads as well on the the net.

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