Life-like Proto 1000 R17 power capability

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by patgin, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. patgin

    patgin Member


    I am thinking about my layout plan and I thought about something. I will have an elevated track for my subway layout and would like to make my train going under the ground level. My layout is 5x8 and I wonder if these HO subway kit (3 unpowered cars and 1 powered) has enough power to climb from 3'' under the table to 4.5'' on the elevated plateforme, so a climbing of 7.5'' in about 4' long (on the 8' side but I have to calculate 2' on each side for the curve)?
    What do you think of that?
  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    7.5 inches of climb over 48 inches of horizontal travel is a 15% grade. Considering that 4% grade (4 inches of rise over 100 inches of horizontal travel) is about as much as most HO locomotives can handle, 15% is just way too steep.

    Your original idea of keeping the track level but varying the terrain around it is a better idea.

    Hope this helps!
  3. patgin

    patgin Member

    Ok I see, so I will stay with my first idea.
    Thanks again Tom

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