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Truckbuck9900

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« on: February 10, 2017, 11:24:06 AM »

hi I am new in trains. are there different powered engines or are they all standard
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Truckbuck9900

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 07:49:03 PM »

ok thanks for the info
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jbrock27

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 10:14:26 PM »

Are you asking if different motors take varying voltages to get going?

Are you interested in DC or DCC? 

HO scale or another scale?
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Truckbuck9900

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 11:30:16 PM »

well i am wondering if some engines have more power to pull more cars or do you have to hook 2 engines together? I have DCC.
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jbrock27

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 08:58:18 AM »

Yes.  As a rule and not an absolute, the heavier the loco, the more pulling power it tends to have.  And yes, consisting 2 locos each with power can have the ability to pull more cars.  That is something you would have to experiment with as there is a power to weight ratio to consider.  Grades will also play a role in how many cars can get towed along.
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phillyreading

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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 12:42:02 PM »

Another thing about running 2 engines together, this happens in O scale, is you need to match the engine speed of the 2 engines being used. Like you can run 2 SD-45's from the same company together if they are from the same time frame. Don't use a GP-30 and an SD-45 together as they may have different gear ratios.
Mixing 2 different companies engines together, same model engine, can be tricky sometimes.

Lee F.
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