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Post by Mr Bones » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:51 pm

Anyone ever used or tried one of these? Are there alternatives? SpeedWagon speed or distance calculator.
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Post by Walkingthedog » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:05 pm

I haven’t but I use the if it looks right it is right method.
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Post by Brian » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:05 pm

I assume its measuring real speed not scale speed?
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Post by Mr Bones » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:27 pm

Brian wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:05 pm
I assume its measuring real speed not scale speed?
The guide says "The unit is shipped with all three jumpers in place which sets the unit to measure speed in MPH scaled to OO." so i assume it is scale speed.
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Post by brian1951 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm

Why you spend £40 to find out how fast train is going ?.

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Post by Mountain Goat » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:57 pm

brian1951 wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Why you spend £40 to find out how fast train is going ?.
Actually.. Good point.

If you do want to estimate scale speed, you need to get a stop watch (Or similar) and measure a specific distance on your layout... Much cheaper.

From my perspective, if it looks about right and one is happy with it, it is about right. Back in steam days in the UK only the top express locos (And then only a few of them) had speedometers of any kind fitted. Linespeed was all done by estimation and experience. It is only since diesels came in that speedometers were fitted to most locomotives and units. Some diesel shunters never had them.
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Post by Mr Bones » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:24 pm

Not something I'm intending to purchase, at least not till I run out of other things to buy :D I came across it and was just curious. Agree with the 'if it looks right' statement, but haven't you ever wondered? I have.
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Post by Walkingthedog » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:30 pm

No I can honestly say I haven’t. I do know that an OO express loco at full power on a DC Gaugemaster controller is doing a scale speed around 250 mph.
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Post by Ron S » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:12 am

brian1951 wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Why you spend £40 to find out how fast train is going ?.
With DCC & double heading, it helps to program CV's or even set a maximum speed

Though model speeds of say 30mph may look fast to some & slow to others
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Post by dtb » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:42 am

40 quid! possibly milking a few pence worth of electronic there.
Well it's a third towards a sound decoder or 2 thirds toward a s/h shunter on flea bay.
Though some will, even if it was half the price I personally cannot see the benefit of it.
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