American Model Builders HO 216 Turbine Blade and Blocking Flat Car Load

AMB-216

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American Model Builders HO 216 Turbine Blade and Blocking Flat Car Load
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Often seen in unit train consists, individual turbine blades, some stretching 150 feet in length, are often hauled straddled between two flat cars, usually on 89 foot piggyback cars relegated to general service, along with shorter flat cars utilized as idler cars or for carrying a turbine's other components. Typically, a wind turbine setup includes three blades, generator nacelle, and cone plus the tower shaft, so a shipment of just 15 complete wind turbines might entail a single consist of 100 or more cars in length!

Depending on the length of the rolling stock you plan to use and the dimensions of the model load, we suggest a minimum radius curve of 28 inches, trackside details not withstanding, when the load is straddled between two 89 foot flatcars, as pictured. If positioning the Turbine Blade and blocking on a single 89 foot flatcar with the blade tip overhanging one end of the car slightly and operating with an idler car between loaded flats, then only the minimum radius requirement of the flatcar can be used - usually 24 inches for most brands of HO scale 89 foot flatcars.

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