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Old 06-17-2020, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All - by chance does anyone know, or have experience with, the Davenports ability to climb?

I hear Shay is all the rage in this department; however, I prefer a smaller manufacturer with hopes of better customer support. FYI I’m into 3-5% grades.

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Old 06-17-2020, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ruger, you need a geared locomotive for this kind of grades. Being a Roundhouse two-axle locomotive, Davenport is certainly very strong, but no rod locomotive is intended for this kind of grade. Best wishes from Indoors, Zubi
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I'm not sure they have started shipping yet.
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Thanks for the input folks. Geared huh? Hmm - interesting....any recommendations for a geared narrow gauge, but not an Accucraft? I’m going to search the net for one.

I find getting info on this esoteric hobby is challenging! Having a full wallet can’t substitute for knowledge😋

Any additional input is more than appreciated!

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I received word from Roundhouse that they recommend a limit of 2.8 (if I did my math correctly).

Not a deal breaker, I have not even thought of a track layout. I only have a 15 x 30 (ft) area - small enough for a 'mining' motif, if you will.

Found this other rig called a Mamod Brunel - that looks incredibly interesting....not sure if it will draw me away from a later train with a US look (sorry my British friends )...but could make a nice addition either way.
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I have one of the original Accucraft two cylinder Open Cab Shays and it runs just perfectly. Might want to reconsider. Customer support from Accucraft has been excellent also.

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Ruger, Accucraft Climax, Heisler and Shays are all geared and not bad running at all. Aster rereleased the Alishan Shay a few years back and it is a brilliant model but it may be hard to find. There were of course earlier models but they were either large such as Aster Maryland Shay, or there were just a few produced such as in the case of the Catatonk Shays and Heisler. When Cliff was still at Accucraft there was a plan to make a couple of WSL Shays, but goodness only knows if this will ever materialise. Best wishes from Indoors, Zubi
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Ruger;

Not sure how you may feel about Regner. I too love Roundhouse products; however, the Regner Chaloner is a geared locomotive, despite resembling a DeWinton type locomotive. I am not sure about 5%, but know that my Chaloner has pulled at least three double bogie cars up a grade exceeding 4%.


Something to investigate.

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Thanks again folks - I will tell you that I have a 'thing' for that Heisler! I can't seem to find one - but I'll keep looking...I want it loaded - RC - Cow thing - diamond top - whatever as long as flat black...

..but, then I find a Roy Wood De Winston...then the Regner Chaloner! Both, very intriguing.

However, it's the Heisler that I cannot get out of my head. Anyone know if it can handle LGB R1's? I'll mix and match. Moreover, we have a little R2 and circle of R5 coming. M

I'd go past my pool but I'm having the waterfalls demolished and a grotto installed hopefully this winter (Northern Hemisphere). Perhaps next year I could expand but for now it's 15 x 30.

Hey - if I had the space? I'd have a riding train! Ha ha. I'm serious

Introspection- I better get the old Ruby running or at least diagnose it before I embark further into this lifestyle.

Thanks and keep 'em coming! (just no electric recommendations). LOL.
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,,, by chance does anyone know, or have experience with, the Davenports ability to climb?
Climbing a hill is not usually the problem to be solved. Coming down a hill is the real challenge.
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