Largest minimum radius

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by frenchtoast, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. frenchtoast

    frenchtoast New Member

    Just wondering if anyone has encountered or owns a loco or even some rolling stock that needs a minimum radius far beyond that you could imagine. Far beyond 11"

    Partly wondering as i'm guessing some of the larger steam locos arent going to like many curves with a radius less then 11"
  2. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Well, our club has a Minitrix Decopod, 2-10-0 and it runs on 11" radius curves with no problem.

    Only ones bigger than that fellow would be the articulated steamers.
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I have a 90' SP Hi Cube boxcar that can't make it around a 12" radius. I've not tried to run it, but I can't even push it around without it derailing. I also have a Bachmann 4-8-4 that can make it if I'm careful and everything is just right that day.:rolleyes: I got them both last year, along with a lot of other cars and engines when I bought a layout and all the stock that was on it. I might just put that car on a siding and let it rust.;)
  4. Zman

    Zman Member

    It also depends on the design of the trucks. I have a 2-6-0 Mogul that has flanges on each wheel. It tends to stutter along turns with a radius of smaller than 9". However, I recently bought Aethern's latest release of the 2-8-0 Consolidation, and it actually runs better than the Mogul because the inner wheels have no flanges, effectively making it a four-wheel truck. The slight sacrifice in prototypical appearance is a small price to pay for the performance.
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    My only thoughts about minimum radius is that the larger the radius can be, then equipment will look better operating. Nothing worse than wide hangovers.

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