How much weight?
George Booth's question about weighting rolling stock raises an issue I've been thinking about lately: What is the right program for weighting freight cars?
Do you take a different approach for a large, hilly club-size mega-layout than you would for a round-the-walls switching outfit? Does it make a difference if trains will be long or short? What do you do about running empty flats or stack cars?
In the past, NMRA standards (at http://www.nmra.org/beginner/weight.html) have seemed pretty reasonable, but my current club has chosen a heavier standard developed by the La Mesa club in Sandy Eggo (look under Model Railroad Operations at http://www.opsig.org/reso/).
Do free-rolling trucks and metal wheels reduce the need to weight cars? Is car length, or the number of axles, the best way to set weights? Or, are they fine the way they come out of the box? What are the advantages?
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