N versus Zscale/low speed switching
- Answer to: rgrathe@... (Ron Rathe) .....or his neighbour......
Hi, Rob !
I cannot talk/write/judge about N, so here are me comments concerning Z:
Slow speed operations/switching requires:
--- excellent transformers
--- clean tracks (....)
--- good engines (5-pole or coreless)
Without notice (!) Maerklin has issued 2 locos, cat-item 88431, an e-loco,
BR-143 and cat-item 81416, a steamer (2-8-2) being part of this train set,
BR-86 with a 5-pole motor, giving by far better and smoother slow-speed
About MT locos, I can confirm that all F-7 locos have excellent slow-speed
and pulling qualities - better than nearly 100% of the Maerklin locos. This
is due to higher weight and different motors used ! What I cannot judge is,
whether F-7s are "in style" for operating as switchers.
MT couplers are much better "in style" (realistic) than Maerklin ones. Well
adjusted, the "magnematic" couplers perform very well.
I am sure, you will get much more input about this topic from our US-Heads !
Best regards and few hurricanes over the weekend !
- Low speed switching can be done in Z. A MT F-7 with clean wheels and clean
track is all that you need! I did wire two MT F-7s together which makes for
a great switching setup, there's a brief article on my web site at
http://www.usaz.net After having been in N for about 10 years I'm not at
all disappointed with Z.