Author Topic: Steepest grade for a loco only.  (Read 602 times)

KiloWhiskey

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Steepest grade for a loco only.
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:32:52 PM »
Im contemplating an L shaped shelf layout in HO. If I ran track to to a loco staging yard below, what is the steepest grade a mid tier diesel can handle?
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Alan

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Re: Steepest grade for a loco only.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 07:35:19 AM »
I don't know but suspect it will vary widely depending upon locomotive choice. Put a piece of flex track on a 2x4 and find out. The enter/exit transitions will be quite long for a very steep grade. A lot of modelers opt for an elevator or cassette system instead of a super steep grade.
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Dean

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Re: Steepest grade for a loco only.
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 10:59:34 PM »
Adding weight to the engine will help it climb grades.
Dean