two questions

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by ttmac, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. ttmac

    ttmac New Member

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    1. What is the average life span (continuous use) for ho/oo engines
    2. Can American locos be run on Irish model railways? 220vAC converted to 12vDC.
    Thanks,

    Tom.
  2. SteveJ

    SteveJ New Member

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    1. That varies widely. Depends on make, maintainence, operating conditions etc. Couldn't even make a wild guess.
    2. As long as you're on the 12V side of the supply, then yes.
    SteveJ
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    In daily use, with proper maintenance and so on, I would guess that life span of the quality locos in measured in decades. As for "real" continuous use (i.e. take it out of the box and run it until it stops), you are probably looking at a few hundred hours until lubrication is needed, which if not done, leads to drive train problems... ;)

    There was a guy posting at the MR forums who volunteers at teh Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and he was giving regular updates on their new US$3.5 million layout, including wear and tear on the locos.

    Hope that helps.

    Andrew
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    A long time ago Hornby had the record for continuous running -- on a loop in a shop window. I think they managed about 500 hours before the motor brushes wore out.
    One of my friends managed to run his loco until there was a noticeable groove in the tyre.
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Before Cypress Gardens closed down, Bachmann sponsored a display layout at the park. A club operated the trains via computer, and they used Athearn engines. I think I read in Model rRailroader about the layout that the life expectancy of the Athearn Locomotives was about 2-3 weeks. They then needed a complete rebuild. One of the reasons they ran Athearn locomotives was that all of the spare parts were readily available and they are easy to rebuild.