Further Turnout & Lok Clarification
- I'm sitting here in front of the computer with my RRTrack software,
playing with another test layout. I said earlier that I may bypass
turnouts altogether to eliminate the stall syndrome but I just can't
see it, they add far too much to even a modest layout.
I've read over all the existing posts in the turnout thread and would
like to clarify a couple of things.
Someone had said earlier that all Marklin loks have only 4 wheels being
powered in contact with the track, is this per lok or per truck? I'm
looking at the 2000/2001 Marklin catalog, specifically at page 353, the
8822. It has two trucks, six wheels each, It does appear that the
middle wheelset on each truck is raised.
The photos in the catalog seem pretty crisp, without an inordinate
amount of retouching and I believe you can see the wheels not in
contact with the track. An odd thing... on a lok featured on page 339
(American Freight Starter Set), it appears clearly that the 1st and 3rd
set of wheels is raised. On other x-8-x trains, I've seen the 2nd and
3rd set raised.
Also, I read where rigid frame loks (all steam?) tend to display more
of a dip going through turnouts. Is this simply because the balance on
the two truck lok is more evenly distributed, over a wider area?
Sorry if these sound like obvious questions, but I'm trying not to
assume too much anymore!
And finally, what is the specific definition of a truck?