Bachmann question..

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Jamesp, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Jamesp

    Jamesp New Member

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    for those that have experience with various makers..


    This past year I have started adding to my HO collection( again) after many many years away..I don't run the trains often but do now and then..

    I do test run each as they are received.

    Here is my question, I have acquired many different brands of Engines, Penn Line ( love to restore) Athearn, Life Like, Proto's, Mantua, AHM, IHC, Model Power and of course Bachmann/Spectrum.


    My most most recent editions are 2 Bachmann Loco's , a Spectrum K4 ; 4-6-2 and a 2-6-0 Mugul.
    Both run fine and both basically appear to be brand new ..but compared to other Loco's they do not have comparable track speed..meaning they don't run as fast..

    I am thinking this is due to gearing to be able to PULL heavier loads..

    Yes ..no ?
    The 2-6-0 compared to a recent Model Power 0-4-0 is not even comparable...The 0-4-0 top speed is maybe 2X....

    I also have a Spectrum Doodlebug..same thing..runs smooth but not much track speed as compared to other brands of Loco's.

    I have not put any of these to the pulling test as of yet...

    thoughts ?

    by the way, I collect New Haven and Pennsylvania..former Hew Haven / Grand Central corridor guy here..and I do have a sectional layout in process..( never ending )

    thanks for your comments..
    J
  2. stuart_canada

    stuart_canada Member

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    I do not own any spectrum steamers, but I do hear that they are great models. the speed thing is not exactly a problem i think. rather have a slow runner then a race car on my layout, spectrum usually are good pullers i think. speed takes away pulling power
  3. NYC-BKO

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    Here is a simple way to determine scale track speed.

    Put a 12" ruler down next to the track and count the seconds it takes to run the distance.

    1 sec = 60 mph
    1.5 = 45 mph
    2 = 30 mph
    3 = 20 mph
    4 = 15 mph
    5 = 12 mph
    6 = 10 mph

    although not extremely accurate it will give you an idea of just how fast they are running in scale terms.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Model locomotives have always been capable of running too fast. With a lot of pressure we have been able to convince manufacturers that closer to scale speeds are commercially desirable.
    This now gives the problem that double-heading a passenger lcomotive with a freighter means the speeds are incompatible.
    For fun: forty years ago Model Railroader awarded the speed crown to Athearn's Hustler (rubber band drive) which was capable of 400 smph.
  5. Jamesp

    Jamesp New Member

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    WOW..400MPH !

    now thats scale accuracy !

    I'm gonna check the 12" ruler thing..that seems logical to me..

    I wonder what the top speed was for Doodlebugs and Budd RDC cars ...

    thanks
    j
  6. NYC-BKO

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    James,

    I can't speak for the Doodlebugs they were long gone when I ran trains but I did run RDC's and If I recall correctly top speed was 80 mph, but at the time track speed was 60 where I ran them. They were designed for lesser lines with alot of stops so they didn't need to run real fast, just accelerate quickly. I'll look to see if I have any info to verify the RDC's.