HO scale speed chart

Discussion in 'General' started by skyraider, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Just in case someone has interest in this, attached is a speed graph for HO scale.

    Paul Moore

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  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks for posting that. There’s also a smartphone app called Model Speed for that. Very handy at times. The Zalma Branch had a speed limit of 25 mph.
  3. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    You're welcome. I guess I need a speed limit on my little railroad.
  4. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I found my speed limit on an old timetable from about 1916 or thereabouts. It makes sense as the track work on the 8 mile long Zalma Branch was originally a logging line built in 1887 to bring the vast amounts of timber from the Zalma area back down to the mainline at Brownwood. Not exactly rickety but 25mph was probably fast enough. It adds another layer of realistic operation. :)
  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thats cool Jim! What is the app called? so I can find it. Now that would be like having a speed gun on these guys LOL.
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  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    It’s called Model Speed. You measure a certain distance on your layout, mark the beginning and end of that distance and run your train from point A to point B. You tap a button on the app as your train passes point A and tap it again when the train reaches point B. This gjves you your speed. You can choose several different scales and distances.
    Now I know that old #97 runs 25mph at NCE throttle number 12 if I remember correctly. I keep a chart showing speed settings for different locos.
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