Model Railroads/HO engines


QUESTION: How do you hock 2 engines together in opposite direction to pull your train, I am very new at model trains.  THANK YOU

ANSWER: Do you mean as a push-pull system ? Typical in the prototype operation of commuter trains and short-line railroad operations for local freight switching jobs? Are you asking this question for a DC power system or for DCC?

John Schaub

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QUESTION: I'm not sure what you mean by push-pull. I-m wanting to put 2 or 3 engines togather, Power DC

The engines run either direction. However you arrange them in the order you want, they will move in the same direction.
Just make sure they're geared to work at the same speed together. I found if you multiple-unit Atlas engines together, they
run in sync with each other. Same with Athearns and the other brands. Trial and error to see which engines work the best
together. You will need a powerful transformer for them to work together on the same track. MRC Tech 4 model 220, 240 or 260.
Good luck and happy model railroading.

John Schaub

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