Free rolling cars when switching?
Has anybody tried moving cars during an operating session using either gravity or momentum (REAL momentum, not electrical) instead of keeping them coupled to an engine? I'm talking about kicking cars, dropping them by, jerking them by (flying switches), or other similar operations. Kicking cars is a common practice on the prototype because it drastically speeds the switching. Dropping them by is a great way to get the cars on the other end of the engine without having to run around the train. Jerking them by is VERY discouraged these days, although I have seen it done and it's the only way to switch some places without having to run to the end of the line and turn back.
Two come to my mind that I have seen or done on a model railroad. I have kicked cars when flat switching a friend's layout, and have done a little (and will do more) on my own layout as well. It takes a little skill to do it right, but it's impressive when well done. The other is the dropping cars off of an unloader, where they roll to the end of a ramp, through a spring switch, and then return via a lower track.
So, let's hear it. What have you done? What have you seen? I'd prefer to avoid the discussions about why it's not practical or desirable - I am well aware of the technical challenges. I'm just curious to know if other modelers have tried it, and if they get the same thrill and sense of accomplishment when they pull of what is one of the more difficult prototypical operations.
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