Tight radius diesel

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by custom1106, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. custom1106

    custom1106 Member

    What model diesel will negotiate about a 10-12" radius? I have a 2x9 layout with a continuous loop. I'm running a model power Plymouth currently, I was just wondering what other diesels will work besides the small switchers(hustler & 44 ton)? Any older style short wheelbase alco's or geeps that would be ready to roll or I could modify to work with such a tight radius? My budget tops out around $40.

    Thanks for the info...

  2. LIRR

    LIRR Member

    You might be able to sneak a sw7 around it at a slow speed. Might is the word here.
  3. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    A Bachmann 44 tonner will do it--new they cost around $70 but they can be had on eBay or at train shows for aronud $40.

    The problem will be carrying cars behind it--if your layout is 2' wide your radius will be no more tha 10-11". Even 40-foot boxcars will tend to smack into each other and uncouple on those radii.

    Have you considered trolley modeling? Trolleys (like the Bachmann PCC or Brill) can be modified to go around curves as tight as 6-7", and those can be bought for $30 new at most hobby shops.
  4. custom1106

    custom1106 Member

    I run 40 foot boxcars just fine, no problems with uncoupling at all. I'll look into the SW7...thanks.
  5. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    E gads! 10-12 inch radius? You should be in N-scale not HO!

    Yes, a two axle loco like the Botchmann 44 -tonner would probably work and nothing longer than 40' box cars.

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