Re: Convincing Model Freight Train Length


Jeff English
 

Jeff Aley - GCD PE <jaley@...> wrote:

On Mar 29, 11:43am, Richard Hendrickson wrote:
How many cars make up a convincing model freight train length ?

IMO, twenty cars behind a main line steam loco won't cut it but forty or
so
may give the impression of a suitably long consist. Of course, YMMV.
The key answer here is Richard's "YMMV". Anything less than prototypical
length is a compromise. Each person has to rationalize his or her own
compromises and decide what is "acceptable".

The same concept applies to minimum radius -- at what point to 50' box
cars look "ridiculous"? Some would say at 24"; others say nothing less
than 48" will do.

The best you can do is ask for a vote. My vote is for about 12 - 15 feet
of length for a mainline freight (in HO scale).

Don't forget that people in different scales will likely have different
answers!
I'm not going to take that "other scale" bait, but I would like to
point out that many fans of the Rutland RR agree that part of its
appeal is that, while still a Class 1 road, its operations were
sufficiently low-intensity to allow modelers to come closer to
capturing the whole effect in scale within the practical confines of
the average basement. A 20-car through-freight on the Rutland
would be entirely plausible, and they also ran some 100-car trains
as well.
Here are some data for number of cars in Train 9, the main
westbound interchange train, out of Alburgh, Vermont in 1942:

9/21: 28
9/22: 51
9/23: 56
9/24: 69
9/25: 43
9/26: 71
9/27: 79
9/28: 21
9/29: 72
9/30: 57
10/1: 78
10/2: 34
10/3: 88
10/4: 72
10/5: 32
10/6: 48
10/7: 71
10/8: 78
10/9: 54
10/10: 67
10/11: 57
10/12: 72
10/13: 70
10/14: 45
10/15: 63
10/16: 29
10/17: 85
10/18: 62
10/19: 30
10/20: 65
10/21: 53
10/22: 69
10/23: 28
10/24: 70
10/25: 59
10/26: 23
10/27: 52
10/28: 48
10/29: 40
10/30: 63
10/31: 69


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