Where is it best to put a powered Athearn RDC unit?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    I have three Athearn RDCs: 1 powered and 2 unpowered. Where would you think its best to put the powered unit? Sandwiched between the 2 unpowered ones, or as the lead unit? :)
  2. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    It depends on how you run them - if they're always going to be going one direction, like on a continous-loop mainline, I'd put the powered one first. If you use them on a point-to-point commuter line, so they'll be going forward and backward a lot, I'd put the powered on in the middle...but be aware that not having the powered one up front could cause some derailments of the non-powered units unless they're properly weighted.

    FWIW all Budd RDC cars were powered, they couldn't pull even one extra car by themselves.

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