Speed Records

Discussion in 'Modelling, Simulations & Games' started by Mutant Lemming, 9 Sep 2018.

  1. Mutant Lemming

    Mutant Lemming Established Member

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    Forgive me if this has already been asked/answered but what is the world speed record for a standard model gauge train ?
     
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  3. trash80

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    Smokey Joe is supposed to be the fastest loco
     
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    I once had a Lima Class 20 that, when you moved the controller just a tiny bit, would shoot off at a scale 300mph, and immediately de-rail itself on my old tail chaser layout.
     
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    I wonder if there has ever been an attempt at that or just longest distance run by model train
     
  6. Mutant Lemming

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    I suppose most modellers wouldn't want to push their locos to breaking point - though am sure there must be one or two out there.
     
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    There used to be a chap in kent who would hold annual model railway games including launching locos off the end of the track and I think shunter races but I doubt anyone was taking notes as it was a sort of boozy weekend using old models adapted for getting thrown about
     
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    Guess it would become complicated when regarding different scales.

    RE: Smokey Joe, I had one that I'd repainted into a normal BR livery and did a few tests on my layout, next to some it was comparatively slow, I think the quickest was a tender drive Hornby A3, it's just that with the pug being so small and with small wheels it looks a lot quicker than it is.
     
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    Well the legend is Smokey Joe though to be honest a couple of my old Lima locos suffered time dilation when they ran full tilt
     
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    Smokey Joe used a chassis common to a lot of models, which means a Hornby 06 shunter is waaaay faster than an HST. :)

    Apparently a properly adjusted DCC setup can get Smokey Joe running more or less reasonably at less than the speed of sound.
     
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    A steady hand on the controller can easily achieve the same, though the limitations of the worm drive motors make it difficult to avoid a bit of a jerk when starting and stopping. The post-millennium models seem on the whole to demonstrate smoother running qualities than their eighties and nineties counterparts.
     

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