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QUOTE (Saint Johnstoun @ 15 Mar 2009, 19:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've been extending my layout and can now handle 10 coach trains with ease. Now I have a pretty good idea as to what prototypically most of my steam locos can handle but when it comes to diesels I have scoured my extensive library and cannot find any loading information anywhere.

Can anybody advise what maximum loadings ( in passenger coach numbers) would be for a type 2, a type 4 and two type 2s in multiple?

The only diesels I have are early Scottish Region examples of classes 24, 25, 26, 27 and 40.

Without taking into account difficult hilly terrain, I can let you know what I saw in my area in the late 70's and early 80's on an easy relatively level road.

Class 24 - 7/8 BR Mk1's
Class 25 - ditto
Class 26 - Pass
Class 27 - Pass
Class 40 - 11-12 Mk1's

In those days we had ceased to see the massive 14+ coach trains seen behind Duchesses etc and 12 was about the max - even for more powerful locos like classes 47 and 50.

I do remember the Class 27's on the original push/pull Glasgow-Edinburgh services and they were used in multiple on 7/8 coach sets to provide sufficient acceleration - later replaced by a single 47 onthe same amount of coaches.
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