locomotives running on 15" track

Discussion in 'On30 Forum' started by ecutrer, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. ecutrer

    ecutrer New Member

    Can all of the other Bachmann ON30 engines run on 15" track? Please advise if you can.
  2. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    IIRC the 2-8-0 needs 18" minimum. Since I don't have any of those I can't say for sure. I do have the 2-6-0 and 15" is workable but tight IMHO. The smaller Porters will do 9" I've been told.

  3. conrod

    conrod New Member

    Bachmann Shay on 18 inch

    I brought my first 0n30 last week!
    Its the 28 ton shay, love it, runs well around a 36 inch diameter circle (18 radius)
    But kadee couplers dont seem to want to couple, have built a mining skip as well, can anyone suggest what I have done wrong, or is the curve too tight for kadees???
  4. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    Question. How far does the Kadee overhang on the curve? A car about the same length with body mounted couplers should have the same overhang which should allow it to couple. When I’ve had coupling problems, I try to make sure I do it on a straight section of track. A good question though, since most people worry about derailing the cars they are pulling on the curve. On the prototype they have issues coupling on curves. So you’re not alone. :D

  5. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    My shay does 12 inch radius with slippage and prefers 15 inches. The 0-4-0 porter I have can do 12 EASILY and has done 9 inches [or was it 8, check my website] with slippage.

    It all depends on the wheelbase.
    Forneys prefer 22 inches according to someone on another forum. So it depends how big your engine is.
  6. conrod

    conrod New Member

    I inserted a straight and found that if I couple on the straight it works OK around the bends, before your comment I was trying to couple on the radius, now I know what I was doing wrong, many thanks
  7. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member


    You are welcome. I'm glad to hear you solved your problem and it sounds like adding the straight didn't adversely affect your layout.:thumb:


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