super elevation

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by belg, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. belg

    belg Member

    I was reading on one of those other sites about this topic and wondering if there talking about the same thing as banking on a race track.GO #20 Also for some of us newbie's is there somewhere we can find what alot of the initials you guys use mean??
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    You guessed it - super-elevation = banked turns. Only not nearly as much as with NASCAR - we're talking about putting a sshim under the outer rail ere.
    in fact with the weight of model railroad rolling stock, etc., it probably adds nothing performance-wise (in fact, could easily hurt performance if you screw it up), and so is more for appearance only. I personally wouldn't mess with it.
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi belg,
    here are a few non-mrr specific Web abbreviations:
    AFAIK- As far as I know...
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    IMAO- In My Arrogant Opinion
    IMHO- In My Humble Opinion
    IMNSHO- In My Not So Humble Opinion
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    IOW In Other Words
    IRL In Real Life
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    TIC Tongue In Cheek
    TTFN Ta ta For Now
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    TWIMC To Whom It May Concern
    TYVM Thank You Very Much
    WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get

    Some are very common, some not.
    Maybe someone could get up a list of mrr abbreviations?:) :)
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    By their very nature, model trains do not behave the same way as the prototype. Weight distribution, and friction in the wheel bearings, have a tendancy to cause model rolling stock to pull into a curve. In some cases, long trains, and tight curves, the train falls into the inside of a curve. If that curve is superelevated, the problem gets worse.
    In real practice, the outer rail of a curve is only slightly higher than the inside. If the actual difference is modeled, you almost don't see the result, so it has to be overdone to get the effect.
    Given the extra effort to include superelevation, and the problems it can cause, we can't run double stacks on the club layout because of the superelevated curves, I'd recommend not using superelevation on the layout.
    A curve, in a diorama, for photographic effect.......This makes more sense.
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    To do superelevation (or cant ) properly, you have to use a transition curve, where the radius gradually gets tighter. That's because each radius + speed combination has its own degree of superelevation. If you go straight into an 18" curve, you should have a 1/4" step up in the outside rail. :D
    The speed part is important. Our commuter train often stopped on one curve and you could feel yourself sliding across the seat. Brit mags often talk about "cant deficiency", which is how much less tilt you get than perfectly unnoticeable.
  6. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    My curves have a slight elevation on the outside and it look so realastic when my trains go around the curves. I have no trouble with derailments. My long trains I make sure the heavy cars are toward the front of the train.
  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I did not super-elevate and it was a mistake. It just does not look right once you're aware of it. :eek: Most is not ballasted yet and I'll prolly be going back under that track, but not really lookin' forward to it :D :D :D
  8. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    I tried super-elevation on a fairly tight 12" radius
    loopback I relaid. I used a decent easement and then simply
    used shirt cardboard shims along the outside edge of the
    cork roadbed. So far I've not had a single derailment on
    the curve and although the effect is subtle, it does look
    great, So I'd personally recommend it just be careful
    when laying the curve :) :)

  9. WAnt track that's looking great, super-elevate!

    I have also used thin index card shims under the outside ties before ballasting, with a gradual transition on easement curves down to 16" without problems, including long stack trains of Walthers 5-car units. Alas, I have sold those tall beasts and now model transition period, but the Super Chief looks awfully good rolling into a curve at speed.

    My typical trains are no more than 30 cars in length...much longer trains may cause trouble, especially if all the cars are not properly weighted. Try it out, and test it thoroughly before ballasting the track. For me, it really adds to the pleasure of watching my trains.

    The photo below shows the effect a little bit, looks better in live motion.

  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    OutSTANDING, Verne!:) :)

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