For those of you with aquarium car unit trains, what is the highest number of aquarium cars you have run at one time?

 

I just counted and I have 24 Lionel aquarium cars and 20 MTH aquarium cars.  I don't know how much power they draw, but I wonder how many a 180 watt brick could handle.

Vince

 

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Originally Posted by VinceL:

For those of you with aquarium car unit trains, what is the highest number of aquarium cars you have run at one time?

 

I just counted and I have 24 Lionel aquarium cars and 20 MTH aquarium cars.  I don't know how much power they draw, but I wonder how many a 180 watt brick could handle.

Oh, that is cool.  No doubt you are going to tell us a fish-tale about that.

Last week I was at a sonwriter's retreat at The Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY, which has beautiful views of the Hudson River and West Point. 

One morning, I saw a unit freight train of endless container cars pulled by 2 CSX diesel locomotives. I could not believe how long it was; it must have been a few miles long. 

I don't have any container train cars but do enjoy running unit coal dump and oil tanker trains. I also have an MTH Proto 3 CSX diesel, which enables me to kind of re-create the train scene I saw on the Western side of the Hudson last week.

Arnold

 

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Unit trains, eh?

Autorack train. With "flat wheels":

A different autorack train. Without flat wheels

Got Grain? I do.

Got some doublestacks too:

This one's "hot to trot":

See train? Think grain. Completely different consist than the earlier one:

Ore...you might like some jennies. Got lots of those.

51 in this train. So much weight the lead trucks of the front half of the train apparently lifted off the railheads (listen to the rail joint). I think I have 75 of these cars now.

Canada checking in...eh?

This train when next it runs will be significatnly longer. I lost track of just  how much though.

Traditional MPC autoracks get in on the action, with possibly the smoothest acceleration of the truck-mounted can motored Geeps you've ever seen.

This one will also be longer the next time it runs, possibly 37 cars.

---PCJ  

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"Wait... Why am I rolling? Am I moving or are the trees moving? What'd you say about my brakes? Youtookoutmywhaaat?

Holy Cow I Can't Staaahp!!"

--MAD's Thomas the "Unstoppable" Tank engine

For those of you who love long unit trains like I do, a major decision for you to make is whether or not you want reverse loops.

On the positive side, reverse loops allow for continuous running and change of direction so your trains go somewhere and then return as in real life.

On the negative side, reverse loops obviously  limit the length of your unit trains.

Got to make sure my train won't crash into it's own caboose. LOL, Arnold

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What about the cost of purchasing numerous similar train cars to make a unit train?

Over the years, I've purchased 7 or 8 Postwar coal dump cars, oil tanker cars, and milk cars to make unit trains. The PW oil tankers are the most economical, only costing $5 to $10 a piece. Ones with rust are particularly desirable because they tend to be more realistic and less expensive.

Anyone have a strategy for economically getting numerous similar cars to make a unit train?

Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

I just added a few 6456/6476 LV hoppers to my active roster.  I installed MTH trucks so they track better and made coal loads so they look better.  I have a few more LV hoppers that need the trucks switched out so I’m looking for some bargain priced MTH trucks.

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Bob

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