Locomotive and Car Standards
Imperative to the smooth operation of the Pacific & Eastern is rolling stock which not only looks good but performs flawlessly. Experience has repeatedly shown that bringing a fleet of rolling stock up to high standards is time, money and effort well spent. Rolling stock that fails to meet the standards below will be gently removed from the railroad and set aside for repairs.
Bronze Standard -- The lowest standard allowed for equipment to operate on the railroad and then ONLY for public run days (not Club operating sessions)
- Trains placed on the layout and test-run well before opening time.
- Locomotives have DCC chips and non-conflicting numbers.
- Locomotives (any type and road name) consisted together (if more than one unit) that run well with each other.
- Wheels on cars and power checked for gauge
- Couplers of any reliable type can be used in a dedicated consist. Cars don't become uncoupled and trip pins clear diverging rails and grade crossings.
- Car weights consistent so that any train may be pulled and pushed down main line tracks without derailing.
- At the end of each public run, Bronze Standard rolling stock removed from the railroad.
Silver Standard -- The minimum standard applied to cars and power which may be left on the railroad and used in operating sessions.
- Locomotives consisted together; run well with other power; programmed and test run over railroad.
- Generally: locomotives will be representative of the types and road names of power used in southern Oregon circa 1989.
- However: locomotive models and paint schemes from other areas are acceptable if consistent with their consist…or a good tale can be told as to what they're doing on the P&E.
- All cars have metal wheel sets, checked for gauge; highly recommend 20K ohm resistor on at least one axle.
- Body-mounted Kadee* couplers; height and trip pin checked on Kadee coupler gauge; couplers mounted firmly so as not to droop or sag, yet not so tight as to be unable to center themselves.
- Truck mounted couplers may be used for passenger cars if reliable.
- Cars will weigh in at NMRA specs of 1 oz. per car plus ½ oz. per inch of length. (A few exceptions may be made for hoppers, log cars and chip cars carrying live loads.)
- Cars roll freely, without obstruction, around all curves; car body mounted squarely on the trucks and trucks secured without excessive play. Trucks swivel freely.
- Interiors of open cars, including unobtrusive weights, are painted appropriately.
- Some weathering preferred, but not absolutely required. Unusually brightly painted cars of older eras are toned down with weathering (exception: rare or expensive collector's items)
- The Roadmaster will examine all cars to be left on the railroad and may remove any which do not meet Silever Standards.
* After testing numerous other brands of knuckle couplers, the P&E has found that there are no accpetable alternatives for Kadee couplers.
Gold Standard -- The desired high standard for the best looking and operating cars and engines. All equipment must meet the Silver Standards, plus:
- One locomotive, preferably the lead unit, has sound.
- The lead unit has headlight(s) and ditch lights as appropriate.
- Locomotive glazing, handrails and other details are complete (see Diesel Details for recommendations).
- Models and paint schemes are those seen in Southern Oregon circa 1989 and are weathered appropriately for that era
- All cars have Intermountain wheel sets (metal wheels and axles); at least one (preferably both) end axle(s) fitted with a 20K ohm resistor to activate signals.
- All wheels in gauge; wheels and axles painted brown or weathered black.
- Cars weathered appropriately. Insides of open cars painted and weathered appropriately.
- Passenger cars have diaphragms and body mounted couplers.