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hey all, ok i cut luan to make my decline, and it looks wicked steep.
it starts 4" off the table on some foam, rises another 4" and then over a 34-36" run it declines the full 8" .
i checked here, saw the 3% info (great stuff) according to 'things' i think I'm ok, but man does it look steep. i'm afraid the cars will 'railroad' into eachother and uncouple....
feelings please...?
 

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ah dang.
ok, well it will never be going UP.. but that seems like a moot point.
been in the garage this AM..i got it down to 6.75" from the 8...again seems like a moot point.
guess i didnt quiet get that incline sheet i found here.

It will have problems going down??
 

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it doesnt look quiet right going under a volcano and having 25ft of slot cars runnig with it but it looks awesome to a 9yr old...and when he saw the slope it was wow'd.
'course the key word there is treacherous....well, i think i'll try, as you said a little more luan, and try to drop it a tad more, then give it a rough trial run.
getting a bad feeling
 

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I calculate a 14 degree slope. 8/34=.235 sine .24 is 14 degrees? Using a reverse read on a trig table.:confused:
No T-Man... To calculate the percent slope (percent grade) all you need to do is take the change in Y (rise) and divide it by the change in X (run)... You just went a step too far and tried to calculate the angle of the grade...

EDIT: Just for clarification, grade (G) is expressed in a percentage because it tells you that over a distance (X) the elevation will change by G percent of X...
 

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Defiantly go slow down that hill. If the kids have fun though it is all worth it. If nothing eles it is a good excuse to buy a train to use just as a crash test dummy.
hum, i was thinking of going fast as possible to out run the freight cars and keep the couplers tought.

t-man & boston - sorry you lost me on the math...think thats what you call it:laugh:
 

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Now you guys are making my head hurt, lol, Just too much to think about.
Kevin
 
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