Re: Car weighting
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That’s fine, Eric, but what happens when you take your equipment to another layout? I don’t even HAVE a home layout (yet) but I’m a member of a major club, the North Shore Model Railroad Club (www.nsmrc.org ) and one of the major issues that arise in ops there are cars that are either under or (far) over weight standards. OK, fine, the weight recommendations in the RP. Whatever, as I said before, it is a (de facto) standard.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Eric Hansmann
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Car weighting
The NMRA car weight is not a standard it is a recommended practice. Here’s the PDF for RP-20.1 Car Weight.
Many modelers use this guide for their own standards, but it is not an NMRA defined standard for modeling and manufacturing. As noted on the document, it’s a recommended practice (RP).
For my models, I use this RP to determine the car weight but install 75% of that recommendation. My train length hardly hits 20 cars and I don’t have any grades. Nearly all the models roll on metal wheel sets in trucks manufactured within the last 40 years.
Determine what works best for your layout parameters and use the NMRA car weight RP to guide your own standard.