Proto 2000 NMRA weight correct?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by eagleknight, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. eagleknight

    eagleknight New Member

    Are the Proto 2000 PS2-CD hopper kits weighted to the correct NMRA standard. Also how bout the Mill gondolas. :rolleyes: The hoppers come with 4 steel pieces you have to put in and they seem quite heavy. I would weigh them to find out, but I do not have access to my digital scale until this weekend and I want to seal up the tops before then. :thumb:
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    If you don't find the answer, you might get a cheap postal scale at an office supply. An undigital one is not very expensive and good enough for government work :D
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    After weighting a couple of cars to NMRA and seein' real
    quick that I'm not gonna be able to pull very many without
    triple-heading, I'm re-thinkin' the weight standard. :D
    You make your own call...:thumb:
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I've wondered about that. I think the primary benifit is consistancy if you weight them in a logical manner. I wonder if you redraw the chart using your "naturally" heaviest car as an example, if that wouldn't be better. Less curvey track might make weight less important too.
  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Guys,This NMRA weight (RP20.1) has been discuss at length at the club and the operation sig that I belong to.The following is our thoughts.You judge.Again this is our OPINION!

    The conclusion we came to was that RP20.1 is as out dated as brass track and wheels.We feel by using metal wheels puts the weight where it belongs on the rail and not in the car its self.We also agreed that some of the lighter cars such as the impact and front runners should have some weight added but not to RP20.1.

    The bases of the discussion and conclusion was from the well known fact that none of the 3 local HO clubs follow RP20.1 and have smooth operation and very little derailments and seeing how one club still uses plastic wheels with the same results.
    We also came to the conclusion that the most import thing is good track work,scale speeds,wheels and couplers in proper gauge played the biggest part in derailment free operations not not the weight of the car.

    For those that may not know RP20.1 came about in the days of wooden car kits and plastic cars that had little or no weight not to mention the terrible wheels they used back then before RP25 wheels came into play as a new NMRA RP.

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