USA Trains Big Boy pulling lots of Hopper cars.wmv

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USA Big Boy pulling (96) 100 ton hopper cars and (20) freght cars for a total of 116 cars. Incredible!! If this was a real train, it would be over a mile and quarter long. The Big Boy didn’t seem to strain much pulling these cars, but it would tough to pull any more without adding anymore power. The big problem is weight. All of the cars have been convert to metal ball-bearing wheels and body mounted Kadee couplers. This adds quite a bit of wieght to each car. In fact, it is hard to pull just the cars with your hand! There is also a lot of preasure on the couplers, especially the one at the front of the train. So the situatioin that affects the prototype also affects these G scale trains.

But before I ad any helpers, I am going to try one more time to pull 140 cars. That would be 1-1/2 mile of train in real life! I am also going to be doing a very long double stack train and a long trailer train. I will keep you posted.

Thanks for watching, and I hope you have enjoyed this video of the Palo Verde and Southwestern Railroad..

Please enjoy the other videos we have posted on our railroad. There is a great PBS special that was done by the show “Tracks Ahead.” Check it out. We think you will really enjoy this video!


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