Up hill down dale


Just a short post to show a rather ramshackle test proof of concept for the GEX set going round a 150mm curve radius helix. As this is only for the none scenic sections it will all be covered over, but access needs to be possible as there will be switches half way up for the middle level and due to the tightness of the curves derailments may occur. I set out to get 50mm of lift in the helix in one turn which is probably double the amount Kato allows for their lifted sections but there recommended clearance is 50mm so it was a good guess.

As you see the loco easily pulls the coaches up and I did a test with the full compliment and it didn’t struggle at all but as I am only going to be using 4 at most this is a satisfactory test.


About 15minutemodeller

Inveterate rubber gauger with an attention span of a gnat. Main interests are NER Steam, Swiss RhB, NA NE Shortlines and maybe a bit of 3rd Rail Southern Electrics. All of which so far are armchair ramblings. So the intention is that this blog helps manifest some real life modelling, with a layout at the end of it.
This entry was posted in Misc, RhB, Swiss Metre Gauge and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Up hill down dale

  1. chrismears says:

    Neat video, Tom. Thanks for sharing that. I would have never guessed that a helix built around such a sharp curve so it’s really neat to see otherwise. Are you thinking of a more continuous run approach to the layout?

    • Hi Chris, yes the plan is to have a continuos circuit and am refining my modular spec which has three levels.

      I am also amazed at the climbing capabilities of the Kato loco and it will pull way more than I am planning to use so am very happy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s