Another MTL Roadbed Track Test
- Hello Zeds,
Now that I have test ovals (within an oval)
of the small radius track, here is a brief
observation: Appearance is clean and general
performance is very reliable, however, all locomotives
slow down as they negotiate the tight radius.
This tells me that the wheels are not getting full contact
with the rail. They are getting juice, so they do
keep going, but the effective traction is reduced,
causing the trains to slow down. This observation
is very apparent while hauling at least 10 cars.
At the slowest possible speed for a train, you
might see the engine stutter as it rounds the
tight radius. This can cause decouplings and
other nuisances --- not very prototypical.
Real railroads use easements, that is, a
gradual spline curve that "eases" the train
into a loop throughout mountainous regions.
I doubt that we will ever see that in this roadbed
track -- we'll have to build our own.
But this is one very good reason for us to demand
and expect larger radii configurations in our
roadbeded track. Not just for appearances, but
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