I like my trains to move at a good speed.Because when I was a kid I did not see that many slow freight trains.Seaboard coast line had fast freights.But I live near to the tracks.Come to think of it southern was no slow ether.So I was wondering On your layout do you operate fast freights or slow freights?

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I operate all types: express (fast), merchandise (medium), mixed freight/local freight (slow), and coal (very slow).

Ron

 

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I set the max speed on my engines equipped with MTH PS at 70MPH. The speeds of each train depends on the situation. Most freight trains run around 50MPH once assembled and stretched out, out on the mainline. I just settled on that speed and our grandson did too. He came up with 45 to 50 on his own. I think it's a good speed for watching long freights go by.

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Why go back to DCC when I have DCS!

I saw, heard, and/or felt the most trains my freshman year at NC State in Raleigh. The southbound SCL left downtown and uphill through the middle of the campus (double main line) really close to Becton dorm. The year was ‘66/‘67 and most trains had five Geeps and right at 100 cars, so going up hill they were cranking out the power and still going pretty slow. 

Some weekend nights we would walk a mile or so toward town when they were going slow enough to hop on for a ride back to the dorm, where we would jump off.

I like slow freight!

I don't see very many fast freights in my real train watching so I do not run them fast on my layout.  I do run my passenger trains faster as I think that is prototypically  correct.  Fast freights look like the Lionel I ran as a boy that was as fast as it could without jumping the tracks.

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TM Terry posted:

I saw, heard, and/or felt the most trains my freshman year at NC State in Raleigh. The southbound SCL left downtown and uphill through the middle of the campus (double main line) really close to Becton dorm. The year was ‘66/‘67 and most trains had five Geeps and right at 100 cars, so going up hill they were cranking out the power and still going pretty slow. 

Some weekend nights we would walk a mile or so toward town when they were going slow enough to hop on for a ride back to the dorm, where we would jump off.

I like slow freight!

In my neck of the woods.SCL had 3 to 7 geeps pulling and going around 65mph.And the slowest train was the local.2 geeps mixed freight around 15 to 25 boxcars.

I grew up watching [mostly] slow freights and riding fast Varnish.

I model switching operations, so 20smph is fast on the Plywood Empire Route.

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

I grew up about a mile away from the CB&Q "racetrack " 3 track main. Everything was fast, 79mph Amtrak's,  50mph commuters and 100+ car freights hustling at 40-50 mph trying to get out of the way of passenger traffic. 

 

 

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With sharp (uneased) curves, no straightaway longer than 10', and two trains sharing a common track occasionally, 25 is about as fast as I want to go.

It's your layout, so run them at whatever speed makes you happy.  But for all you fast runners out there who have a plethora of affordable loco choices going all the way back to 1938, I challenge you:  Try one of those video camera flatcars, or Lionel's new camera caboose.  SEE what your layout looks like at 40 scale mph. 

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I run both, as my Postwar engines tend to run faster so they are my fast freights and the modern engines pulling freights are able to go slower so there you go.

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TM Terry posted:

I saw, heard, and/or felt the most trains my freshman year at NC State in Raleigh.

Go Wolfpack!!!

When I came along to NC State, in the early 1980s, it was Southern freight making its way through the middle of campus.  I was in Sullivan dorm, which are where these images were taken.

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TM Terry posted:

I saw, heard, and/or felt the most trains my freshman year at NC State in Raleigh.

Go Wolfpack!!!

When I came along to NC State, in the early 1980s, it was Southern freight making its way through the middle of campus.  I was in Sullivan dorm, which are where these images were taken.

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NCSU_Southern

Sullivan dorm reminds me of one I my favorite college stories about top floor of Sullivan, the power lines north of the dorm, two roommates, and a long chain of beer pop tops. I lived in Bragaw dorm and the blast and flash of light were impressive. No one was badly hurt, but the blast threw the guy on the ground against the fence, knocked his roommate out in his top floor room, and straightened and blackened every one of those beer top loops. A person watching on the ground as the guy stretched the chain away from the dorm yelled, “Look out for the power lines.” The guy stretching the chain replied with now famous last words, “Don’t worry. They’re insulated.”

Slow enough to look realistic for 1953.  I don't have a lot of straight track on my main lines.  Here's an MTH Baldwin-Westinghouse DRS6-6-15 departing from the yard with the SP Local, at a realistic speed.  I never let my freight trains exceed about 40 smph out on the main track.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

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Both. Mostly top out at 40 but have run up to 60 at times.

i have a 7mph yard limit. reversing through a switch i usually stay at 5mph on longer 25+ consists. The only thing that flys is the Burlington Zephyr. I will hit 110 at times with it on a 30ft straight. 

My layout is only 35'x16' and I frequently have 2 10-15 car trains running on the same route (DCS),  At same time will have a few locos powered up on other routes.  All routes are connected.  Going too fast means that eventually something will go wrong.  So I usually run <20.

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