18 inch radius

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Hookedtrout, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

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  2. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I couldn't find an HO scale Delorean to make a time machine, but I did find a 1:96 scale one that would work in a pinch if you wanted one.

  3. Hookedtrout

    Hookedtrout Member

    I think I'm opting to modify the Steam Engine instead of the Delorean like they did in BTTF 2 or 3 which ever one it was. :)

    What scale are the little hot wheels & matchbox cars compared to HO? Too big?

    PS You could still be a cowboy, come on out to Idaho and I'll put you to work, got plenty of fence that needs mending. :thumb:

  4. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Most of the Broadway Limited Imports engines say they will run on 18" radius curves.

  5. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I believe Hotwheels are 1:64 scale, which is about 35% larger than HO scale.
  6. Hookedtrout

    Hookedtrout Member

    I figured they were bigger, didn't realize it was that much. The horses figured out that the canal is empty and found a way out, could have used your help rounding them back up, all is well now, back to the train shack, several more goodies showed up today via door to door delivery, man I love not having to go shopping :D .

    Have a nice day.

  7. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    Hey gang, let's kick it up a notch:

    How about the same question (i.e. steam power & era-correct cars) on 14-15" radius? I have a mine spur (about 10' of trackage) with curves that tight. Fine for the small 0-4-0 and 0-6-0's I've run on it and presumable the shorty ore-cars I'm currently seeking. Works fine for my completely-out-of-period 4-4-0 american and "old west" cars too (FWIW). But what else more prototypically correct could run down such crazy radius track?

    I looked into a Shay, knowing the prototype was known for handling silly track radius, quality, etc... But the response I got (from Bachmann regarding their 3-truck spectrum shay specifically) was that it would NOT run under 18" radius... Any other thoughts/suggestions? I'd particularly love to have a geared-loco to run there.
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    How about 5 1/2 radius? I am tinkering with a micro On30 layout (using HO atlas flex track) that is 1 foot by 2 foot and a 0-6-0 runs on it as does modified tichy ore cars and some yet to be built Christmas cars. It will be a Xmas layout when done. So you want to talk small radius? Fred


  9. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    Pretty impressive! Suppose it bodes well for my dilemma -- compared to 5.5" radius, I feel like I have broad curves now!
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I built an HO trolley layout on a 2'x4' board. Generally, I used 4 wheel locos and MDC 36' oldtimer cars (as well as the trolleys). The problems on sharp curves are the coupler swing as they enter the curve. Also truck rotation.
    I suspect that the Shay problem might be that the jackshafts would either bind or dismantle on really sharp curves.
  11. wjstix

    wjstix Member

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