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Excellent and in an attractive livery. When my little track cleaning one ran on 6xrechargeables, I certainly got 3-4 hours. Less now, with a NiMH battery pack but that has to cope with sound, lights and dancing girls too. OK, maybe not the girls, just couple of surly crew.For the first time in eight years the CFR has received a new battery powered radio controlled locomotive by PIKO:-
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The locomotive is powered by 6 AAA batteries. I have used 1100ma batteries and I hope to get at least four hours run time out of them. The transmitter is similar to a car key fob.
No Jon, I have purchased plenty of Roundhouse RC Locomotives in the last 8 years. The Piko locomotive was my first purchase of a plastic made item in over 8 years and yes I now have two of them. My next purchase will be the track cleaning locomotive.
Dan, most of the grades are quite gentle. However the old rack line is very steep and it can propel 7 wagons up to the summit.I'm impressed that the Piko loco is able to haul that many wagons. How steep are the grades, if any ?
Jon, a very versatile locomotive. I am going to invest in the track cleaning locomotive.Mina pretty well does all I ask of it, on conversion to get more batteries in I removed the weight but have replaced that with lead sheet behind the wheels as shown in my conversion post. Load wise it is sometimes used to populate Silberhutte with wagons from the shed and as many as 10 or so LGB full sized wagons managed with ease. Not a simple task as some are on the R1 curve in the shed though the route is pretty level.
Paul, it does 'polish' the railhead a little, but would take some-time to do a meaningful job, on heavily tarnished rail. - It usesSlide clipboard items to delete the springs on the skates, to keep the cleaning pads in contact with the rails, so not a great deal of force is applied.Jon, a very versatile locomotive. I am going to invest in the track cleaning locomotive.
Phil, the track at the CFR is not powered. The idea is to use the track cleaner to remove oil deposited by the live steam locomotives.Paul, it does 'polish' the railhead a little, but would take some-time to do a meaningful job, on heavily tarnished rail. - It usesSlide clipboard items to delete the springs on the skates, to keep the cleaning pads in contact with the rails, so not a great deal of force is applied.