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Prop driven rail car experiment..

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Prop driven rail car experiment..
Posted by philo426 on Monday, March 7, 2022 8:41 PM

Moved fairly well but it is tethered to the power source perhaps a rectifier and power pick up would do.    

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, March 7, 2022 8:41 PM

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, March 7, 2022 8:43 PM

https://youtube.com/shorts/8xGx2Rpc83g?feature=share

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 7:52 PM

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:03 PM

Pretty cool! Though it does seem to me it'd work better on straight track than curves. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:23 PM

A little less drag for the propwash on a curve, more clean air to some extent.  How the curve wheel drag compares to straight, no idea.  Probably a wash as for efencivy.

 

Have you thought about a loco power type pickup from the tracks.  Have to see if the prop would get enough to provide the thrust needed, along with any voltage difference.  Would be easier than a battery in the car.

Haven't messed with trains since "N" scale started to get a following back in the late '60's

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 9:26 PM

True it needs a lot more power than the battery provides but it is pretty cool

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 9:33 PM

That it is.

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 5:00 AM

I just built this one from parts I had on hand along with fabrication.  

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 5:01 AM

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 5:02 AM

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, March 10, 2022 3:29 AM

They both look pretty cool to me. I dont even ger into railroad stuff that much but I like them.

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, March 10, 2022 7:33 AM

Thanks!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 10, 2022 7:55 AM

Hi!

     You do know that they tried that in the thirties? The thing worked allright on the Straight runs , but failed on the curves. Plus it scared the heck out of folks and was very noisy!

     The thing is you could find a small fan and set the motor on the flatcar and then use the pickups for car lighting to get power  to the the Prop

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Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, March 10, 2022 8:17 AM

I remember reading about Holland in the eighteenth century.  They tried rail cars powered by sails!  Not much came of it.

 

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, March 10, 2022 9:34 AM

Yes but it wasn't really practical.

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