Whether sitting on a siding or pulling a consist, a locomotive radiates power. They’re massive. Even for their size, sometimes more than one is necessary to move a string of cars, called a consist, from one place to another because of grades. Interestingly enough, real trains act just like model trains. You cannot have a series of empties in the middle of a long line of laden cars. On a curve, the light cars will take the shortest distance; that isn’t on the rails.
As powerful as a locomotive is, a penny placed tightly under each wheel will prevent the locomotive from moving. For all that power, it cannot lift it’s own weight up to go over the height of a penny. Hayne Yard, Spartanburg, South Carolina 02/20/2016
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