G Scale, 7/8th's, Electronics
- 5 Jun 2013
So what you are saying, is 'as it comes', a manual live-steamer is not 'fit for purpose'?
That would be somewhat different in the UK, many 16millers have RC as default though a few do not. In Standard G1 RC is quite rare even more so in G3. But a few are dabbling, as one gets older chasing your G1 or 3 Duchess Pacific at full speed to adjust a headlong high speed dash becomes more tricky, particularly at ground level though few of the G1/3 lines are. Horses for courses I guess. But if you only want to watch a puffer trundling round the Garden with no shunting the RC could be defined as of no use. Not for me that scenario.well, *some* people want RC with a live steam locomotive, but in my 15 years as a member of a live steam club, its a minority.
based on what I have seen, about 25% to maybe 40% of live steam locomotives are fitted with RC by the locomotive owner..more than half are run "manually" with no electronics.
I have had two live steam locomotives for almost 20 years..never had, and never wanted any RC control.
Yes, some people did want and enjoy all the electronics in the Aristocraft live steam locomotives..but again, in my experience it was a definite minority.
most people who saw one in person thought "ugh..thats so pointless..a live steam locomotive isnt meant to be fully electronic"
Most live steam loco operators are "purists" they *like* the fact the locomotive runs on only fire and water!
and you control them yourself..thats what makes them so enjoyable and special..
Most considered all the Aristo electronics a failed experiment, and I doubt it will ever be repeated to that extent.
Sure, some liked it...but most didn't.
Yer pays yer money and takes yer choice - I've watched a lot of G1 operators who don't use R/C, and they seem to manage OK.I personally think RC in a life steamer bis probably a good idea. As Jon said, scampering after a wayward loco heading for an expensive disaster isn't funny. Having a (hopefully) remote brake is a bit less stressful
Well... as a person who has built his line in a garden that puts the Rio Grande gradients to shame, and also track that winds it’s way behind and through bushes etc , I have RC-ed all of my LS shays and Climax as well.Yer pays yer money and takes yer choice - I've watched a lot of G1 operators who don't use R/C, and they seem to manage OK.
Equally, I don't see the point of putting R/C on a shay, I mean you're never going to have to scamper anywhere with one of them