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    All my locomotives are Kato except for two different diesel Scale Train locomotives. My system is entirely DC. If I abruptly stop a Kato engine it will "coast down" before stopping. But my Scale Train locomotive stops abruptly and can even cause derailment of the freight cars it is pulling.

    Now this is not how I normally operate my trains but this abrupt stop I get with the Scale Train motors is a bit confusing. Both the Kato and scale train motors have big flywheels which I thought would allow either brand to stop smoothly because of the inertia of the flywheels. Can someone tell me why the Scale Train motors stop so abruptly compared to a Kato?

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    Dave

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    Is the drive train on the scale train locos free and properly lubricated. Friction in the drive train could be causing the abrupt stop.
    - Gary R.

    President & CEO
    Pinnacle & Western Railroad

    I don't always stop for trains, but when ... oh wait!, Yes I do.

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    This is the way they came from the factory.

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