Test Track

The club created a test track many years ago. It was recently described in Rob D's Blog.

Rob Dove's Blog 30 July 2017

A while back I was asked about our test track that we use to test rolling stock.

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This is the uphill side of the test track. Cars are considered good if they roll nearly the full length of the track. I choose to have them roll so fast that I need to catch them before they hit the stop and sustain damage.

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Slope is not severe and the track is about 5 feet long.

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In addition to rolling resistance we also have sections that are too wide and too narrow but still a model in standards will get through with out problems. Webmaster comment — Too Wide.

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We also have some ranges for rolling as can be seen below. Webmaster comment — Too Narrow.

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I tune mine to roll much better than what is expected. Webmaster comment — Stop Zone.

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I have to catch mine before they slam into the coupler gauge at the low end. Webmaster comment — Extra Smooth Will Roll.

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Here you have an overall shot of the test track. Webmaster comment — Approximately 64 inches long, with coupler gauges at both ends. Having cars that roll very freely allows for very reliable rolling stock, it also helps if they are a bit heavier than the recommended practice. I have found this to be very helpful when backing trains of more than 50 cars.

I hope you enjoyed my photos of the clubs test track and the description. More to come later on other topics.

Rob in Texas

Additional Webmaster comment — The gray board with track is a test track connected to a DCC system connected to a computer running JMRI for programming locomotives. (editor comment — a nice run-on sentence.)