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Offline David2  
#1 Posted : 11 November 2020 13:00:09(UTC)

Joined: 22/03/2020(UTC)
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Location: Zeeland, Vlissingen
Die E44 from Marklin 34440 and 37440 is the strongest I have seen so far. It has pulled trains with a lenght of 220 axles more then 10 meters (30 feet) on my own train layout and on the club layout even more. Also a Marklin br 44 steamengine 37880 has pulled trains of 8 a 10 meters on the club layout without problems for many hours. We needed 2 Fleischmann br50 fore the same train.
Also Marklin 37210 is a very strong loc and the first Marklin V90 with has got the softdrive sinus update and they are very strong also. They have pulled trains of 160 and 180 axles.
The greatest problem is pulling out of the coupling of the nem pocket loc our wagon.
More then 10 meters is not possible on my own layout.
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Offline applor  
#2 Posted : 14 November 2020 04:38:11(UTC)

Joined: 21/05/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,567
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Any locomotive with rubber tyres on 4 wheels instead of the standard 2 is going to be a pretty good puller and typically heavier too and I have a fair few of those.

Poor pulling locomotives are either 2 tyres and low body weight, or mechanical/design limitations such as they slip on inclines because the wheel lifts off the rail where 2 sections of track join.
modelling 1954 Germany (era IIIa)
Offline JohnjeanB  
#3 Posted : 14 November 2020 15:27:53(UTC)

Joined: 04/02/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1,197
Location: Paris, France
Hi David
Among my locos, the strongest ones are:
- the 3015 (CCS800) with tires
3015 Kroko.jpg
- the 39401 CC 40100 SNCF

- the VT 11.5 2 motors, 8 tires

A special mention to the DL800 which has no tires but is still a monster (12 traction wheels but sadly no tires)
My layout videos
latest vid
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Offline foumaro  
#4 Posted : 16 November 2020 08:58:58(UTC)

Joined: 08/12/2004(UTC)
Posts: 4,266
Location: Attiki Athens Greece
Without any doubt all the Alcos.There is no comparison with anything else.
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Offline SteamNut  
#5 Posted : 16 November 2020 10:47:38(UTC)

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By far my old BR 44 but with the new style of couplers they have a tendency to pull out on my 3% inclines

Offline river6109  
#6 Posted : 16 November 2020 11:13:55(UTC)

Joined: 22/01/2009(UTC)
Posts: 13,275
Location: On 1965 Märklin Boulevard just around from Roco Square
I have several strong pulling locos; the best is: Roco SJ iron ore with 2 motors with sound, unfortunately 1 loco was stolen

Roco Ae 8/8 with 2 motors with sound
Roco Ae 8/14 with 2 motors with sound
Roco Re 6/6's with sound
Roco Re BLS 465 with sound
Roco ÖBB Rh 1293 with sound
Piko ÖBB Rh 1293 with sound
HAG: 5 x Re 4/4's with sound
Märklin 2 x 3014, 1 x 3011, 1 x 3024, 3 x BR 44, 1 x BR 41, 2 x BR 01, 1 x SBB Re 4/4/IV all with sound
5 years in Destruction mode
50 years in Repairing mode
Online bph  
#7 Posted : 16 November 2020 13:17:46(UTC)

Joined: 04/08/2018(UTC)
Posts: 222
haven't done any extensive testing but my Big Boy (37990) has a very strong pulling power. Pulled two Tragschnabelwagen and a couple of other wagons with a high number of axles, other locomotives struggled but the big boy pulled it with ease.
Offline dickinsonj  
#8 Posted : 17 November 2020 01:53:06(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: bph Go to Quoted Post
haven't done any extensive testing but my Big Boy (37990) has a very strong pulling power.

I now have 54 freight cars for my UP steamers and my 37990 pulls all of them just as easily as when it is running alone.

I have almost all Märklin and mostly HO, although I do have a small number of Z gauge trains!
I have models from Era I to Era VI, but I try to focus on Eras I & III. Whoops, that one got away from me. Let's just say I focus on cool trains, regardless of the particulars :-)
So many trains and so little time.
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