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Many here boast of the amount of cars their locomotives can pull so I thought I would offer my modest (very) effort.

The Rivarossi Y6 Mallet is perhaps my favorite all-time engine being among the first HO locomotives that I ever bought. Got about six of them in all the road names that they made.

I tried it out for the first time on my "new" layout with 22, 20, and 18" curves, 3 reverse loops, and 20 switches. Expecting the worst I was surprised that it negotiated all curves, loops, and switches without losing the pilot truck once.

Emboldened, I added some cars with the same result but only on 22 and 20" tracks.

First four cars are loaded with aquarium "coal" and are quite heavy. The Y6 pulled them all with ease as expected.

Sorry, not a photographer.
 

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Love it!!! I have one of those myself!! I did remotor it with a bachmann motor & did a drive shaft conversion for that motor. So now it is a pulling animal! My layout is not huge. & I have 18” & 22” curves with a 2% grade on most of my layout. It pulls 22 two bay coal hoppers slowly up and down through the curves & 6 switches!! Never misses a beat! The y7 & the Berkshire locos are my favorites!


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i'm always curious about pulling strength

any chance you could weigh both loaded cars and locomotive?
 

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I don’t want to hy-jack your post. I just thought you might like to see my mallet.



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i'm always curious about pulling strength

any chance you could weigh both loaded cars and locomotive?
I have done weight comparisons before, mainly to see the difference in weight between diecast and plastic bodied locomotives.

In this case the Y6 alone weighs 13.7 ounces, with the tender 17.02. I weighed one of the loaded coal cars at 4.65 oz X4, the rest on average 2.62 oz X16.

Whole consist with tender comes out to about five pounds that the Y6 Mallet was pulling.

Just for smiles I weighed the GG-1. The diecast Varney band drive behind it weighs 18.84 oz.

Sorry, Got ahead of myself. Forgot to report that I threw caution to the wind and added a bunch of cars. 20 in all. Results above reflect the new information.

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Fine looking locomotive.

It could probably pull a lot more of those big
hoppers if you would replaces the actual 'coal' load with
foam or other lite material 'topped' by the 'coal'.

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Fine looking locomotive.

It could probably pull a lot more of those big
hoppers if you would replaces the actual 'coal' load with
foam or other lite material 'topped' by the 'coal'.

Don
You read my mind Don.

I loaded these some 40 years ago and just recently got them out. Had them in the original boxes. Saved the broken off "coal" to re-glue another day.

Probably closer to 4 pounds the Mallet was pulling if you don't include the locomotive itself.
 

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Always enjoy looking at any articulated locos. Who made it?


It is a rivirossi loco as a matter of fact the exact same as the one doing all your pulling. I bought it 7 years ago with a bum motor. It would turn , but it would howl!!! & if you put on anything more than it’s own tender it would just set and hum ... then stink! Lol
Like I said earlier I removed the old motor & put in a nice new bachmann motor out of a spectrum diesel all wheel drive loco. I modified the drive shafts & added another 2oz of weight through out the loco. Now it is a heavy puller!
 

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It is a rivirossi loco as a matter of fact the exact same as the one doing all your pulling. I bought it 7 years ago with a bum motor. It would turn , but it would howl!!! & if you put on anything more than it’s own tender it would just set and hum ... then stink! Lol
Like I said earlier I removed the old motor & put in a nice new bachmann motor out of a spectrum diesel all wheel drive loco. I modified the drive shafts & added another 2oz of weight through out the loco. Now it is a heavy puller!
Sure looks like a 2-8-8-2 Y6 Mallet but Rivarossi never put one out in Chesapeake & Ohio especially with a natural boiler.

Can't really tell from the picture but it isn't a Big Boy, Challenger, or FEF all available with natural boilers but not in C&O. Did you paint it?

Regardless the worst articulated Mallet is still pretty wonderful.

http://www.rivarossi-memory.it/ENGLISH_VERSION/Riva_American_Locos/Riva_Mallet_2-8-8-2_Eng.htm

Bob
 

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Sure looks like a 2-8-8-2 Y6 Mallet but Rivarossi never put one out in Chesapeake & Ohio especially with a natural boiler.

Can't really tell from the picture but it isn't a Big Boy, Challenger, or FEF all available with natural boilers but not in C&O. Did you paint it?

Regardless the worst articulated Mallet is still pretty wonderful.

http://www.rivarossi-memory.it/ENGLISH_VERSION/Riva_American_Locos/Riva_Mallet_2-8-8-2_Eng.htm

Bob


I did paint it myself. It was a Pennsylvania label on it. I am modeling a fantasy Pete Marquette/ C &O layout.
I even made my own northern lines / polar express lines as well.
I did the natural boiler only because I like the way it look lol
I don’t really model the real world / prototypical. For me it’s a world of my own making lol



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I did paint it myself. It was a Pennsylvania label on it. I am modeling a fantasy Pete Marquette/ C &O layout.
I even made my own northern lines / polar express lines as well.
I did the natural boiler only because I like the way it look lol
I don’t really model the real world / prototypical. For me it’s a world of my own making lol



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Good job, looks nice.

My Big Boy with different boiler and gray.
 

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That looks amazing!!! I am looking to get me a big boy. I just don’t want one in great shape. I want a bit of a project. That way I can fit it in with the rest of my layout. I would feel horrible to buy one in really good shape to only tear it apart to repaint , & decal it.

That’s what I love about my mallet. It was rough when I got it. Now it’s one of my favorites!!


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