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Title: 2-8-2
Post by: bob kaplan on November 09, 2017, 02:37:02 PM
Might some one give me an estimate of the number of freight cars that the light Bachmann Mikado should be able to pull?  I understand that "mileage" may vary with type and care of the cars.

Title: Re: 2-8-2
Post by: jonathan on November 09, 2017, 02:50:36 PM
Unmodified, I couldn't tell you.

However, with balancing weight added, I can pull about 20 cars on a level surface.  I haven't tested it up to wheel slippage. 20 is plenty for my needs. I have the sound value model.

The locomotive is back-heavy and needs added weight to the front to balance it out between the middle drivers.  There is plenty of free space in the smokebox area.  I added a total of 1.5 ounces to each of my two Mikes.  This also takes care of any problems with the loco riding up over the rails on curves.  Some have reported this issue.

I decided against adding bullfrogsnot to any drivers.  The gears are not particularly thick in the mechanism.  They may be fine, but I didn't want to add any additional stress.



Title: Re: 2-8-2
Post by: bob kaplan on November 14, 2017, 06:59:24 PM
hummmmmm.....some one must own one of these.   Would appreciate an answer for an unmodified engine.   Thank you.