As an engineer is there a difference say in pulling a coal train compared to say a general merchandise train or container,piggy back train//??..which is harder to pull??
slchub wrote:When I was in freight I would rather have a coal or grain train than a mixed manifest or auto train. The units trains (coal and grain) are usually the same cars with the same braking abilities and tonnage throughout. While it may take longer to get up to speed, once you are up to speed it is pretty easy to operate depending upon the territory and how well you know the territory.Bingo. Weight is not really the issue. You can take two 100 car trains each weighing (for example) 12,000 tons. And each with three modern six axle units.
slchub wrote:And on a side note, now that I run passenger, I find that I am doing much more to handle/control my train (2 motors, bag car and 9 coaches) than I ever did in freight!You probably are!