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  1. Daedalus304

    Make your trains run more efficiently! Haul a more, longer!

    I've not run into these issues with the small train wheels, actually. I have run into it on some locos running larger wheels, BBB Med or larger. In those cases, I actually found removing 1 O-ring and having a total of 3 fixed it. You only need 1 single wheel to be able to 'slip'. Another interesting fact is that you are less likely to run into this issue on wide-radius curves. I have a 4-8-4 using XXL drivers, F-B-B-F, with O-Rings on all four flanged drivers. You'd think this would be asking for trouble, but I run it primarily on r72+ and it doesn't have the issue.
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    Rotary Dump (Tippler)

    That's very cool - easily the best rotary dumper I've seen. Very clean and "real" feeling to the design. I was amazed, too, to see that your diesel locomotives fit through the rings. Wow! Very good work on the clearances with those.
  3. Daedalus304

    75955 Hogwarts Express Running Problems

    Ah, so, sometimes having traction tires on 4 wheels prevents the wheels from having the small amount of rail slip they actually need in a turn. This causes it to climb up and over the rail. The best way to stop this is actually to remove a traction tire, either one or two. You need at least one wheel to be able to slip a little bit. If you do two, I'd recommend removing them from the same axle. Keep in mind that this will introduce a little bit of a slope to the way the engine sits, so make sure that your pilot truck still has enough clearance.
  4. Ah, that's the "ShrikeArghast" I remember...
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    Leading truck question.

    The number of rotation points, and where they are located, is key. For a 1-axle leading truck, you must have only 1 point of rotation, or it'll bunch up and derail. Ideally, you would have that point of rotation as close to the nearest flanged driver as possible. For 2-axle truck, you need 2 points of rotation as in the EN.
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    2019 LEGO Trains - 70424

    I think any efficiency advantage a split axle may bring are going to be more than eaten up by the massive increase in friction, unfortunately.
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    2019 LEGO Trains - 70424

    Toy or not, switching to something with massively worse objective performance feels like a real undercut to that whole "Only the best is good enough" motto that used to drive their quality. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume there's some safety issue or something this is meant to address, but... Between the gutting of the versatility that came with the switch to Powered Up from PF and this, it's mostly seeming like LEGO has just decided to become incredibly out of touch with the AFOL scene. I say 'decided' because given how much work used to go into it, with reaching out to the AFOL community for workshops etc, they clearly made a decision to do things without that part of the old process. That is, of course, their own perogative - but it does put us in an odd spot, doesn't it? When people at train shows ask me how to get started, now I not only have to tell them to look for the old electronic system, I also have to tell them the wheelsets in the base sets are garbage too, hm? That's going to be a real tough sell. I'm not going to recommend to anybody something I don't *want* to buy.
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    TRAIN TECH Help, General Questions & Talk to the Staff

    Yes, the LEGO train sets are a good place to start. People use that LEGO train motor for lots of custom engines. The motor will start to struggle with too much weight behind it or too many axles (too much friction) to pull. You should be ok for probably double what comes in the set before it starts to have a hard time. In previous generations of LEGO trains, it was easy to add a second motor, but with the new Powered Up system that's more difficult to pull off. I think there might be custom control options to make it easier but I'll let someone more knowledgeable than me chime in if that's the case.
  9. Funny thing is, PF motors are stronger than 9v train motors basically across the board, and you've got way more options available too. You really haven't missed out on anything!
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    A few questions about some old topics?

    Honestly, if the PFx Brick had some sort of rotation sensor add-on to time the chuffs properly then it would be very nearly perfect.
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    Curved Train Switches

    That someone would rip him off like this is just shameful, greedy, and disrespectful. I am never going to purchase anything from this 'certain someone else'. These sorts of predatory, selfish, and dishonest habits can really only be stopped by not supporting the goons who do this sort of thing. I won't name names here out of respect for you guys also not doing so, but: People, be aware of and knowledgeable about who you buy products from. There are some very greedy and selfish companies/people out there who happily steal ideas and hard work from the people who are actually trying to innovate for us. The only way to stop these [respectfully derogatory term] practices is to not purchase the knockoffs. Lowa has made something really cool again and, once again, this work has been pilfered to peddle elsewhere.
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    Picking up the pieces. Pneumatic train 3 years later

    It was this Locomotive by The_Brown_Hornet that I was thinking of. It was an entry for the TC10 competition. There was another locomotive entry as well, but it didn't run anywhere near as smoothly as this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNgqKKNttBw
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    Picking up the pieces. Pneumatic train 3 years later

    Good to see you back at it again!! :D There was a pneumatic locomotive posted a while back in the Technic forum that ran amazingly smoothly, you might want to look that up and see how he did his timing gear!
  14. This project is very ambitious and I fear it's going to be a hard sell to most, especially with the "All-or-nothing" nature of powered rail meaning that person or LUG who's become invested in the plastic PF track over the last 10+ years is going to be really in for it, cost-wise. I think that, for me personally at the very least, two things would have to be true to make this something I could even consider: 1. There needs to be a way to charge the locomotive's battery from powered rail. This almost entirely removes the "All-or-nothing" strain of switching to metal rail, since it can then be done gradually and have some immediate benefits. 2. For me at least, the power pickup needs to be divorced from the 9v Wheelset design entirely. For serious train modeling, which this is clearly aimed at, the 9v wheelset is clunky to work around and entirely inaccurate for most places I could think of that I would need a power pickup. Perhaps one could be hidden on the trailing truck of a very large steamer, but for smaller locomotives it's nearly unusable. Smaller locomotives, and especially small steam engines, are held back the most by LEGO because of either the large battery box (PF) or the single solitary 9v motor choice being a huge block that in no way resembles steam drivers and is unable to be customized. These are the engines I'd most want a power pickup for, and unfortunately I just could never use one as large and unsightly as the 9v Wheelset. Sort of as an aside, I don't believe that pushing the hobby forward is really equivalent to gaining the respect of the traditional model railroaders. Traditional Model Railroaders, especially the ones that are still stubborn and disgruntled about LEGO trains, are likely not going to change their minds easily about the "legitimacy" of LEGO Model Railroading; and even if they do, they're probably not going to switch over. The traditional model railroading scene is fading out. I was at a local Model Railroaders meeting a few years ago and they themselves acknowledged the fact that the average age of their membership was over 60 years old, and they were losing members due to just old age. To push the hobby forward, we need to grow our audience, we need to make it more accessible to new people who aren't already interested; or, to people who ARE interested, sometimes desperately so, but kept out by high costs or a lack of a good introduction point. LEGO Model Railroading is already a legitimate hobby. We can see that it can be a serious art form, and it's one that's being pushed forward already. We don't need to scramble after the approval of the traditionalists, and that approval has nothing to do with the legitimacy of our hobby. We should still strive to push our hobby forward, to grow and expand, these 3rd party products and ideas and approaches are all great and certainly do help to enrich what we can do and where we can go. I'm in love with the new options available to us, and I do really look forward to seeing what comes of the FX Track systems - but no matter what happens, no matter whether the traditionalists are convinced, LEGO Model Railroading is a fantastic hobby, and there are already people who've proven it's a valid form of art. Best of luck to the FX Bricks team on their endeavor!
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    Power Functions and Santa Fe: stating the obvious

    I'd recommend trying out using 5-Long Axles out instead of shaving down a perfectly good 6-long. They don't go completely flush with the outside of the wheels but the grip is just fine.