shay & climax On30

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by wabana kid, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. wabana kid

    wabana kid New Member

    I am just getting into On30 , what is the max grade for a climax or a shay with about two ore cars. I would like to get up six inches in 96 ins or 120 inches. thanks
  2. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    No Prob!

    Hey, Wab - welcome to the Guage. If you divide the rise in height by the length of the rise, you'll get grades of 6.25 percent and 5 percent respectively....grades that will not even make a Bachmann Climax or Shay break a sweat. :)
  3. wabana kid

    wabana kid New Member

    Thanks Steve for the info, I have been in HO for years, On30 is a whole new book for me to learn
  4. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    My Shay will pull 5 boxcars up 6.5% starting out on a 18" radius curve. 6 cars, and the front truck will derail in the curve. After the curve, and on a straight away, it will pull 8 boxcars up the grade with no problem.
  5. wabana kid

    wabana kid New Member

    Capt Turk
    Thanks for the info, I shouldn't have any problems doing what I have planned.

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