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Handbook - Locomotives and Rolling Stock

 
This section describes the preparation of locomotives and rolling stock.





This page was last updated on February 5th, 2017.
Table of Contents
    1    Registration of Locomotives
    2    Locomotive Cards

    3    Rolling Stock Cards

    4    Appearance

    5    Wheels

    6    Couplers

    7    Weight

    8    Headlight

    9    Identification

    10  Inspection

1  Registration of Locomotives

Before using a locomotive on the layout, the locomotive must be registered so as to ensure that there is no conflict with locomotives with the same decoder address. To register your locomotive, send an e-mail to Sergio indicating the following information:

a)      Locomotive type (SD40, AC4400, 2-8-0, 4-6-0, Budd, Oil-Electric, etc.)

b)      Road name (CNR, CPR, TH&B, GO, ATSF, etc)

c)      Road number (#4837, #55, #2695, #15837, etc)

d)      Locomotive make (Athearn, Bachmann, Proto2000, etc)

e)      Paint scheme - only required for units that have had more than one paint scheme (e.g. CN, CP, SOO, VIA, etc)

f)       Decoder manufacturer and type (Digitrax DH-163L0, Soundtraxx B280, etc)

g)      Decoder address.

Before sending your e-mail, check with the most recent decoder list so as to ensure that there is no conflict with another decoder address. You will be notified when your locomotive has been registered.

2  Locomotive Cards

A locomotive card template can be found at http://www.hotrak.ca/Locomotive Card v1.0.doc

Each locomotive that is used on the layout must have a Locomotive Card that includes the following:

a)      Locomotive type (SD40, AC4400, 2-8-0, 4-6-0, Budd, Oil-Electric, etc.)

b)      Road name (CNR, CPR, TH&B, GO, ATSF, etc.)

c)      Road number (#4837, #55, #2695, #15837, etc)

d)      Locomotive make (Athearn, Bachmann, Proto2000, etc.)

e)      Paint scheme - only required for units that have had more than one paint scheme (CN, CP, SOO, VIA, etc.)

f)       Decoder manufacturer and type (Digitrax DH-163L0, Soundtraxx B280, etc.)

g)      Decoder address.

h)      Functions (F0, F1, F2, etc.)

i)        Owners Name

Locomotive Cards must be printed on white paper or cardstock.

3  Rolling Stock Cards

A rolling stock card template can be found at http://www.hotrak.ca/Car Card v1.0.doc

Each piece of rolling stock that is used on the layout must have a Rolling Stock Card that includes the following:

a)      Railway (CNR, CPR, BBOL, ON, TH&B etc.)

b)      Car Number

c)      Car Type (Boxcar, Flatcar, Reefer, etc) and length

d)      "Empty return to" (this is to the cars owners discretion)

e)      Car Owner

Rolling Stock Cards can be printed on any colour cardstock (pastel colours are best).

4  Appearance

Any era, railroad, and continent are permissible.

5  Wheels

Metal wheels are required for all rolling stock, as they reduce the amount of grime that builds up on the rails during operations. Wheels must be kept clean and should be free-rolling. The contour of the wheel must meet the NMRA RP25 standard and must be in gauge with an NMRA wheel gauge.

6  Couplers (approved Jan 11th 2017)

There are different standards for rolling stock and locomotives in interchange freight service versus those in unit train service: 

        a)     Interchange Freight Service:

i)       must have Kadee-compatible couplers or drawbars

ii)      Couplers must be in gauge with a Kadee (or Kadee equivalent) coupler height gauge.           

 For detailed specifications on coupler gauge, please refer to the instruction sheet for the Kadee coupler height gauge at http://www.kadee.com/html/205ins.pdf.

iii)   The following Kadee-compatible couplers have proven problematic on the HOTRAK layout and are not allowed:

A.    Here are the criteria for banning couplers:

1)    Coupler uncouples too frequently from Kadee couplers

2)    Coupler doesn’t easily couple with Kadee couplers

3)    Coupler is difficult to uncouple from Kadee couplers

4)    Not Compatible

B.    Here are the banned types of couplers:

 

Type

Criteria

Reason

Example

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Couplers with plastic knuckle spring

1

The plastic knuckle spring either breaks easily or knuckle stays in open position

McHenry #1 or

Bachmann EZ Mate Mark I

Two-piece coupler with horizontal scissor-like action

2 & 3

Coupler is difficult to couple and uncouple from other couplers

Accumate couplers

Sergeant

Couplers

4

Not compatible

Sergeant

Couplers

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iv)   Kadee Shelf Couplers #118 and #119 are not specifically banned but can be difficult to uncouple with a pick.

v)    If a member believes a particular brand/model should be banned, they can identify the brand/model to the standards committee to be considered for addition to the banned list above.

 
        b)   
Unit Train Service (including European passenger equipment, Roadrailers, etc):

i)   Trains that are not interchanged with other cars do not require Kadee-compatible couplers.

7  Weight

All rolling stock must meet the NMRA recommended practice of 1 oz plus 1/2 oz for each inch of car body length (tolerance of plus or minus 1/2 oz).

8  Headlight

Locomotives should have operating headlights rather than crystals due to the distinct possibility of having collisions while using a DCC system. This is not a requirement, but a recommendation.

9  Identification

Each member shall mark rolling stock with some form of unique identification. For example, their initials or colour coding. Location of identification is at discretion of the member.

10          Inspection

The Road Master may hold random or regular inspections of equipment to ensure compatibility. Problem equipment will be immediately removed from the layout until it is fixed.

Rolling stock should be inspected before its inaugural run on the layout and retested if it fails.