Radius question

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Kevinkrey, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    I thought it would be easier to ask than look it up in a different thread. Does anybody have any radius suggestions for an SD45T-2. Well the long loco is not the problem but the taconite cars I have. They take turns Ok and stay coupled but not to the loco. I bought new long shank couplers but I have not used them because I have not started laying track on the new layout. But I want to resolve issues before they arise. I have large enough flex track curves but I need tighter curves in one area, I have about 4' 4" for a half circle turn. What is a good radius? Possibly largest able to fit?
  2. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Well, I know that 6-axle units will NOT tolerate 18' curves. I learned that when my new boss let me test run an SD40T-2 on the test track :D
  3. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    Hey, quit stalking me, just kidding. Hehehe. I have room for 24" radius but not sure if that will work. I'm really racking uo the posts tonight.:cool:
  4. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I believe that 6-axle units will tolerate 22' curves.
  5. IandOFan71

    IandOFan71 Member

    I would like to help but first I would like to know exactly what is happening. Is the SD pulling the taconite cars off the rails around the curve? And do you use horn hook or knuckle couplers? And what radius are you using now? Let me know and I'll see what I can offer.
  6. PWRR-2207

    PWRR-2207 Rogue Islander

    Curve swerve...

    Possible test since I do not have a SD45T but do have a U36C with 6 wheel trucks - If you have some foam (at least 3/4" thick so the pins do not stick out) large enough to draw out a 24" radius curve, put 2 flex tracks together and pin them down with straight pins on the flex 24R arc you drew. Add a few straight pieces so you can get a couple cars on too and power the test track. Give it a try. I did this with my U36C after trying it on a 22" radius curve of Atlas snap-track because I did not feel comfortable with the performance at high speed.

    PS: My U36C, F40 PH Diesel Phase II and a 4-8-0 Mountain worked fine on 22" radius but look and run better on the 24". In the end I added easements to the 24" radius curve I had to use so I could open and close the door near the lift-out/duck-under 'just in case'.

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