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Does a regular desk fan work the same as an electric car motor?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Question by Ghost: Does a regular desk fan work the same as an electric car motor?
I like working with motors and machines and making things go and i figured since they figured out how to make an electric engine powerful enough for cars that i could trick out my fan to run at like a hundred MPH Lol So to get familiar with motors like that, I’d take my fan apart but do they have like the same concept behind them or what?

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Answer by Allan
Normal desk fans use an AC induction motor which operates on a different principle to that of the DC motor found in a car.

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What is the difference between switcher locomotives and regular locomotives?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Question by tom: What is the difference between switcher locomotives and regular locomotives?
I am new to model railroading and I would like to know what the difference is between a switcher locomotive and a regular, full-size locomotive.

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Answer by mike1942f
In the real world, switcher engines are shorter and lighter in weight and are used for moving cars in freight yards and for delivering them to industrial sidings. Less weight for moving a few cars, better economy, less wear and tear on lightly built rail sidings. They work alone
Regular engines are long heavy machines designed for pulling heavy long trains which are designed to be linked to other engines and operated by one engineer in the first one. They are mostly used on main line tracks.
In the model world, miniature switch engines which are a metal shell wrapped around a heavy motor have long been a sales pitch item “Worlds smallest most powerful HO engine” When the modeler wants to do primarily yard working (as opposed to beautiful scale landscapes or scheduled running) the undersized switcher actually looks better in the scaled down yard as it runs around moving cars, especially if the cars are models of smaller prototype car rather than modern monster tankers, hoppers, auto cars, and trailer trains.

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what is the usual consist order for an ho scale work train on a regular model railroaders layout?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Question by Zachary: what is the usual consist order for an ho scale work train on a regular model railroaders layout?
I’m looking to get the necessary cars, but i don’t know the usual consist for a real work train.

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Answer by Freenacious
Engine, box cars, tanks, gondolas, flat cars. If you’re asking about the appropriate order then you’ll have to get a switchman on her to answer that for you. Usually, you don’t put a tank with hazardous material next to say a flat car or gondola that has pipe or something that may potentially rupture the tank jacket in the case of an accident.

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