O-Scale Climb Rate

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O-Scale Climb Rate
Posted by carney2 on Thursday, March 08, 2018 4:21 PM

What is an acceptable rate of climb (inches of elevation per feet of track) for 3-rail?

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Posted by Nationwidelines on Thursday, March 08, 2018 9:38 PM

Are you running magnetraction?

If not, I hope you are not going too high or have a lot of room.  A friend made an incline on his O gauge layout for running pre-war (no magnetraction) and his engines would not climb it.  Also, be sure you do not have any curves at the bottom of the hill, as the trains will have a tendancy to derail.


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Posted by lionelsoni on Friday, March 09, 2018 8:13 AM

It depends a lot on what you're running; but I wouldn't expect to get by with more than 4 percent.

Bob Nelson

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