Just Because

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by davidstrains, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Have you ever done something "just because" you wanted to do it or try it? I just did. I had fully intended to get started on applying some scenery to the layout when I saw the Kato Mikado traction wheel set that I bought at the Greenburg TS last week. So I picked up my Mike and dropped the wheel set in and put it on the track for a test run. It took 10 cars easily then I added 10 more and it handled them as easily. (this is around the whole layout with its 2+% grade in some places) Now it was a challenge. How many would it pull before it slipped. I took it up to 36 and it was still pulling. Have to put the MT trucks and couplers on some more cars to see what its limit is. Just because.:) :) :)
  2. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    David. I can't think of any recent incidents but I know I have done things "Just because". Sometimes I kick myself afterward and other times am glad I did it.
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Yep, that's why I only got three thumbs now.

    Last time I got a strain gauge and tried to measure the pullin power of some of my switchers :D :D :D Need a more sensitive gauge :D :D :D
  4. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Hey David...why not use weights? hehe.....just because
  5. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    not as much fun as watching a string of cars...just because:D :D :D
  6. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hey David!
    That's my universal answer to most questions I get from my wife & daughters, that pertain to my modeling...

    Q - "Why are you building ANOTHER layout?"

    A - "Just because." :D :rolleyes: :D
  7. LarryGarrett

    LarryGarrett New Member

    I probably will not need a Big Boy for my layout, but I'll likely get one anyway.....JUST BECAUSE I want to hear my wife say, "YOU PAID HOW MUCH FOR THAT THING?"
  8. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    BTW, it is pulling 45 now and still no slip on the grade. Ran out of MT trucks and couplers for the cars and have to make an adapter car to connect a few "horn hooks". It's got to slip sooner or later.:D
  9. absnut

    absnut Member

    The full meaning and the proper (if only colloquial) use of "because" I learned from my 4 boys when they were growing up. When I would ask, "Why did you do that?" or "Why do you want that?", the answer was, invariably, "Because." Taking a lead from them, when they became teenagers and asked, "Why can't I?", my answer was an unswerving and unarguable, "Because!" I still find it fills a void when a more reasonable excuse or argument escapes me, so when I saw a Big Boy at a show some years ago, and I had no "real" reason to buy it, but had the $$$ to do so, I bought it! Why, you ask? "Because....":rolleyes:

  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    David, Make sure you keep an eye on it because with the traction tire it probably will not slip, it will reach a point where it stalls instead, and that will heat up the motor fast.
  11. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Aye, Gary, Then you'll see a steam locomotive smoke!!:D :D :D
  12. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    A C&P (cut and paste) Just Because!

    Here's a little rant about how much fun model railroading can be. I copied and pasted part of a thread response to RE: How to model helpers.

    Have we forgotten? I once ran a 200+ car train with Blake at a club we belonged to. 5 lead engine, 120 cars, 2 mid-train helpers, 80+ cars and a pusher on the end. All Athearn equipment. No DCC, no computers, no club rules, no nothing. We just did it.

    Why, because! Because we wanted to do it. It was kewl, 200+ cars moved with 5 lead engines, 2 mid-train helpers and a pusher.


    btw- there was approximately a 20" rise from lead to end of train over 40' of spaghetti bowl.

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