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Hi John -
 I have a question regarding running two locomotives together. Assuming they are not perfectly matched (i.e., one runs faster than the other), should I put the faster one at the front, or as the second of the two locomotives? I can think of arguments either way - I would really appreciate your opinion.
Thanks!
Greg

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Hi Greg,

It all depends if you're writing about steam locomotives versus diesel locomotives.

Cutting to the chase, I would place the faster engine first. There's less chance of a derailment caused if the slower one took the lead.

The faster one will "naturally" slow down with the slower engine in tow. And they may run in sync once the proper speed is made.
I just had an experience with a pair of EMD F units of a similar nature.

Hope this answers your question,

John Schaub
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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

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Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.

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Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.

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Classic Toy Trains, January 2013

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Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

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Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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