I had one of my early railking C&O steam locomotive out.I decided to see just let it out.With 27 freight cars in tow I did so high speed running.I got the locomotive to 85 smp at this point the side rods were a blur.I do not do this very often I just wanted to see what it could do.There was no derailment or any thing like that.I know the real steam locomotives moved at high speeds in real life. So do you run your trains fast every now and then?

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Strummer posted:

No.

I just don't see any reason to, but maybe that's just me... 

Mark in Oregon

No it's not just you.  I also do not run my engines or trains at high speed.  Nothing wrong with it, just not for me.

Oh, wait, I mean I do not OPERATE (more politically correct) my engines fast.  

I prefer to enjoy their splendor as they pass by.  (And I dont want any casualties.)

It depends on what I am running and what mood I am in.  I tend to run post war a bit faster, but modern steam engines a bit slower.  It's all good-there is no right or wrong way to run trains.

RAK TCA 94-3880 TTOS C45 Southern California DCS Demonstration Team Angels Gate High Railers LCCA
RAK posted:

It depends on what I am running and what mood I am in.  I tend to run post war a bit faster, but modern steam engines a bit slower.  It's all good-there is no right or wrong way to run trains.

Its fast for me because thats what I saw as a kid.Seaboard coast line was known for fast freights.I mean 60 mph would be considered slow.How ever today they run slow nowadays.Its now CSX  and they run pretty slow.

I have an MTH PRR G5s steam engine #5740 that has great whistle and chuffing sounds at high speed. I often run it up to 16 volts AC on my Z4000 transformer for a minute or two - probably about 70 mph - pulling 3 LIRR passenger cars - just as the real one did on the eastern end of Long Island. Nice sounds and whistle when the train is really moving...

MELGAR

I had a customer that kept wearing out the gears in a Lionel 2343 diesel. After about the 3rd repair I finally stopped by his house to see his layout. A long oval on a bar with banked curves running with a prewar Z transformer at 25 volts.....

Jon G TCA 95-41020

Independent Lionel Service Tech

MTH Service Technician at MTH

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