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    I am new to N scale and just developing my first very small layout. My main motive power is a single FA1 locomotive. It is a Lifelike and so far I have had no problems with it pulling 10 cars. I guess my concern as a rookie would be to burn out the motor.

    How many cars could my FA1 safely pull without concern of excessive motor ware. I realize this is an older locomotive but one of my favs and want it to be be part of my layout for a long time

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    Welcome to N scale!

    It may be worth noting that there were two distinct versions of Life-Like FA-1 locomotives, and earlier version from the 90s and a revision from the early 00s. There may be differences in performance between the two.

    It is also worth noting that factors relating to your layout (such as the steepest grade) and the cars being pulled (size, weight, and tracking characteristics) may impact the loading on the locomotive's motor.
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    LL locos in general are strong pullers. As Rwerner noted, there are 2 versions of the FA1.......the older version has a plastic frame with lead weights, the newer version has a split frame. They are about equal in pulling power, but the newer version is a much smoother runner. I wouldn't be afraid to pull 20 cars........I have an ABBA set that I regularly pull 100 cars with. As a rule,the wheels on a loco will start spinning before you put enough load on a loco to harm the motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRLdave View Post
    LL locos in general are strong pullers. As Rwerner noted, there are 2 versions of the FA1.......the older version has a plastic frame with lead weights, the newer version has a split frame. They are about equal in pulling power, but the newer version is a much smoother runner. I wouldn't be afraid to pull 20 cars........I have an ABBA set that I regularly pull 100 cars with. As a rule,the wheels on a loco will start spinning before you put enough load on a loco to harm the motor.
    I believe there was only one version of the FA1/FB1, The other version was a FA2/FB2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrjim1 View Post
    I believe there was only one version of the FA1/FB1, The other version was a FA2/FB2.
    MRLDave is correct. Sold my lastone, or I'd post a pict. There were 2 versions of the FA2/FB2, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Northern View Post
    MRLDave is correct. Sold my lastone, or I'd post a pict. There were 2 versions of the FA2/FB2, as well.

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    To my knowledge there has only been one run of FA1/FB1 from life like. Spookshow lists only one FA1/FB1 manufactured in 2000 and it came with the split metal chassis, I own two sets. Now if Life Like manufactured a FA1/FB1 before that I'm sure some of us would love to see them!

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    The Lifelike FA1 seems to be a good puller. I have had 14 cars behind it with no problems. Not sure I would want to increase that number.

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