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Re: Double heading versus mid-train helpers or pushers

November 30, 2017 04:09PM
Mike Trent Wrote:
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> There are several issues involved. Larger
> locomotives like the D&RGW K engines could handle
> pretty long trains with only two engines.
>
> In some cases, the combined weight of locomotives
> over certain bridges could be a problem, as at
> Lobato, where the lead helper must cross light.
>
> In other cases, it might involve the consist, and
> in some cases, concern over drawbar loads on long
> trains, especially with older wood frame cars.
> Weather could also be a factor.
>
> On the C&S, with smaller engines, multiple helpers
> were very common on freight trains. In most cases,
> there would be two engines doubleheaded on the
> front, with one engine cut in ahead of the
> caboose, and on larger trains a third helper cut
> in about 5 cars ahead. This would be done largely
> to reduce drawbar stress, but also for
> communication between the engines, as visual
> contact with each other as well as the train
> maximized, and whistle signals could be more
> easily heard and relayed.
>
> So, a lot of varied reasons to consider.

Mike

I was watching my copy of "Across the Top" by Sunday River Productions the other day and the C&S train shown in that DVD is magnificent. It is a 4 engine train including D&RGW 345 and 346 on lease with a couple C&S 2-8-0's can't recall the numbers off the top of my head, but seeing them grind upgrade was awesome. If you don't have a copy of that DVD it's a must for any REAL NG Geek!

William
aka drgwk37



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/30/2017 05:26PM by drgwk37.
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