I thought about my own comment this morning in regards to plastic vs brass locomotives and thought what a load of bollocks. Back in the early nineties my uncle bought a Bachman Jubilee locomotive. It was made of plastic, had a can motor, split chassis and a fly wheel. The thing ran, still runs very well. While the wheels and detail may not be where they are today this was a good product. A few weekends ago one of the club members had an American (huge of course) steam locomotive. It was also made of plastic, looked and ran beautifully.
What is going on here? Why was my plastic steamer a heap of s*#t. Why can't a 4-6-4 HO scale R class locomotive pull a few coaches up a hill? Bachman could and I presume can still build OO scale locomotives that work. The American manufactures have to get to right so they can pull trains the width of Australia.
You should not have to coat the wheels in snot to get the thing to work. Something is not right here with the design. Go back to the simple design of a true, split, made of diecast or similar chassis, stick in as big a motor that fits, put a chunk of lead or whatever the EHS friendly equivelant is these days and make sure the thing works before you sell it.
It is not rocket science. I am so frustrated at where Australian RTR is going. It's now simply a race for production, which in my opinion creates ridiculous over sights. Where are the people like Mike McCormac and the like when you need accurate models produced. I tell you were they are...they can't compete with cheap 80% correct models.
In engineering the 80% rule is often the target. The Lockhead Skunkworks took this opinion. The important difference between engineering and RTR trains is that in engineering mistakes are used as lessons of what not to do next time. With the RTR trains the same old mistakes just keep on reappearing.
Wow, that's my rant for the day. Now to turn this computer off so I don't see the subsequent Railpage flogging.
Just relax, I am on holidays.
Sounds like too small a fuse was fitted to the R.
I once bought a plastic steam loco. When I picked it up it flexed badly, bits fell off and the wheels spun on the axles. Not the best for a $500 something buy. I truly believe that whitmetal/brass and brass construction is the way to go for steamers. If you can afford the extra couple of hundred dollars, kit or brass locos are the buisness. Plastic diesels on the other hand are great. Just my opinion though.
How does the R perform on flat track. Is it capable of lifting a prototypical load without problem? Prototypical passenger trains did have to be assisted in some areas. One in forty is quite a climb, especially if you add a curve which on most layouts would be many times tighter than in real life.