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    Is the NMRA recommendation for rolling stock weight the same for narrow gauge or is there a different recommendation for narrow gauge equipment. I thought I had seen a recommendation that all rollings stock should be 1.5 oz regardless of car length. Thanks for any info...



  • #2

    For On30 I use the HO RP and find it adequate.

    Dave Mason


    • #3
      I'd be interested in others experience with car weight as well. I plan on relatively short trains so I'm not too worried. I basically put all the lead strip I could in between the frame of my 30' flat cars, and added a flattened 1/2" lead round ball to my boxcar and stock car. I haven't weighed them yet, but they are much heavier than N scale stuff I've handled. I read somewhere keeping each cars weight about the same is important too.


      • #4
        The only advice I'd offer is to actually add some weight. On several of my earlier builds I added no extra weight and I'm paying for it now. If I run my 'lightweight' stuff at the end of the train I can usually get away with it running fine, but if I'd have followed pretty much everyones advice and added some weight I wouldn't have to worry about where specific cars are in my consist now... Live and learn.



        • #5
          Its never too late to add weight! In fact, that's what I'm working on right now. Buy yourself a decent postage scale and follow NMRA recommendations for your scale. Using anything from pennies, nuts, shot, etc., having your cars at a consistent weight will improve your railroads overall performance.


          • #6
            I use a digital kitchen scale that registers in either ounces and grams.

            Brand name was "Star Frit" and cost $10.00 on sale (regularly $30.00) at Canadian Tire here in London.

            I often drill holes into the bottom of tank cars and fill (to the correct weight) with a slurry of sand, and diluted white glue. I tape up the hole and keep the car upright til the glue has set. Shake gently to even out the mixture inside the car. This is mostly done on the glass top of the scale.

            With hoppers I use the same mixture to the correct weight in the bottom but put a piece of insulation foam above to give the load a contour. Then add a bit of the mix (or your load) to hide the foam.

            Wesley Steiner has some excellent rolling stock weight templates on his site!


            My 2 cents (CDN) worth!