Bruce R Pier wrote:
As a side note, the Durango & Silverton uses both straight and automatic air on their passenger trains.
Okay, how do you do both at the same time...?
They work opposite. You certainly can't mix the Automatic and Straight cars in one consist, but switching between them on a regular basis I'd think that was unsafe - Pick one, change everything over to Automatic, and be consistant.
Or you have to have a foolproof way of doing it, like swapping around the stand handle so Apply is always to the left and Release always to the right. Or vice-versa, admittedly I don't know which is usual.
Some Engineer is going to have a brain fart at the wrong moment and dump it into the Hole thinking they're releasing the brakes on the straight air consist that they usually use, and a bunch of passengers do a faceplant into the seat in front of them...
--<< Bruce >>--