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Posted by Allan on Fri Apr 21 13:57:07 2006, in response to Re: SMEE, posted by Brighton Private on Fri Apr 21 11:33:45 2006.

I have never quite fully understood it myself.

As I once heard it when the brake handle is moved to the proper position the train motors act as reverse generators "pushing" electricity back into the 3rd rail, effectively slowing the train. At about 9 MPH the air brakes kick in to bring the train to a stop.

I don't know how accurate that description is but rest assured that there are plenty here who will jump to correct me.


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