Car stability paper

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Greg_Lewis
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Re: Car stability paper

Post by Greg_Lewis » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:15 pm

As an added bit of research I'd suggest contacting the folks at the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers in Burnaby, BC. They haul thousands of people a year and have put lots of effort into making safe, reliable riding cars. https://www.bcsme.org
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Re: Car stability paper

Post by rkcarguy » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:44 pm

I've seen video's on youtube of people riding 7-1/2" gage and causing derailments from leaning out to take selfies/pictures/video.
It's one of the reasons I decided upon 12" gage for my 2" scale RR. it puts the gage at over 1/2 the width of the car, instead of 1/3rd, and will be far more stable and tolerant of leaning relatives and stacks of heavy birch firewood.
In my opinion, the RR gages(full size) have stayed the same because of cost and what it has been for years as it would cost Billions to change it. With todays speeds and tonnages moved, I'm sure it would benefit from a wider gage more along the lines of 6-7'.

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