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Question Regarding Brakes On Class 66.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Thel Vadamee33, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Thel Vadamee33

    Thel Vadamee33 New Member

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    The Class 66 has two brakes; Automatic and Direct, when should I use each brake? Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Challenger3985

    Challenger3985 Active Member

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    Direct is Independent (Loco Brake) & Auto is the Train Brake. Be warned, the Auto may take long to apply depends on the consist. And the Direct is for the 66 that your driving on only
     
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  3. Trainmania100

    Trainmania100 Active Member

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    What challenger said
    Direct brake is for loco only
    Auto brake is for whole train including wagons
    You'll notice that when you apply auto brake, the direct brake gauge changes as well as the auto brake gauge meaning loco and consist but when you apply direct brake only the direct brake gauge changes
     
  4. Gamborg

    Gamborg Active Member

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    Does that mean that the direct brake and the auto brake is the same brake when it comes to the actual physical brake pad on the wheel but the system which applies them are different? Or does the direct brake use one physical pad on the wheel set and the auto brake another?

    I wondering if it would make any sense to apply both the auto brake and the direct brake at the same time why driving loco + consist?
     
  5. pschlik

    pschlik Well-Known Member

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    The direct brake and auto brake both use the same brake pads on the locomotive-that is pretty typical of everything. So no, using both brakes at once does not increase braking force.
     
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  6. Gamborg

    Gamborg Active Member

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    Thanks! Much appreciated. :)
     

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