Has anyone ever removed a motor from a steam engine and had it run like a dummy diesel?
I'd like to do a mountain road and they ran engines in tandem.
I have a hulk that doesn't run and thought this might be a use for it....but then again maybe I shouldn't.
For many steam locos, you just have to pull the motor, then they'll freewheel. As Lee says, with the extra mechanical moving parts, rolling resistance will be more than a simple diesel. Now, if you want smoke and sound, that will be different.
Lee has probably posted a thread on steam dummies here at some point. But you should heed his advice about how they add drag to the powered unit. If you are building a mountain road with significant grades, the non-powered steamer might just be the only thing your powered unit can pull up the grade.
You would be better off getting twin LC+ steamers and running them off of one remote. Lee has probably done that too.
Hi TRH, you might want to watch the YouTube video, 1939 American Flyer O Gauge Mountain Red Ball Double Header Set No. 310 The set came with a powered locomotive and an unpowered second steam locomotive with a special front coupler. What locomotives are you planning to run? Are you running conventional transformer control or command control? Does your unpowered dummy steamer have a front coupler? There are other posts on the forum that talk about double heading steamers. Attached is a picture of my Lionel 224 with modified front coupler to double head. Try it, you'll like it.