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Trains that can go around a radius of 9 3/4

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Trains that can go around a radius of 9 3/4
Posted by Famaz00 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 5:44 PM

Hey guys I'm thinking about getting a 4-6-4 or something of that size for my layout that has a radius of 9 3/4 and wanted to know if that works.

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Posted by cuyama on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:44 PM

 Welcome to the forum. Your first few posts are moderated and so may be delayed. But that passes quickly.

Famaz00
Hey guys I'm thinking about getting a 4-6-4 or something of the that size for my layout that has a radius of 9 3/4 and wanted to know if that works

Without some modifications to the engine, that may be challenging. Bachmann lists minimum radii for its current N scale steamers and all are 11¼” or larger. While some of them might be coaxed around 9¾” curves, the 4-wheel leading and trailing truck versions might be especially finicky. The only real way to know for sure on your trackwork would be to try it – as long as you can return the engine for a refund if it doesn't work.

Some older models may get down to 9-10" radii. There was an old ConCor 4-6-4 that was reputed to go around 9" radii in a Model Railroader review. But that's porbably very close to the limit.

Finding a way to broaden the curves would be a big help in terms of appearance and performance.

I have neither N scale steamers nor curves that sharp to test, but others may have more direct experience to share.

Good luck with your layout.

Byron

Edit: I just remembered and re-read an MR (4/96) review for the excellent KATO Mikado (2-8-2), which also claimed a minimum radius of 9". So it may be possible, depending on the quality of your trackwork.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Monday, November 4, 2019 8:12 PM

Famaz00

Hey guys I'm thinking about getting a 4-6-4 or something of that size for my layout that has a radius of 9 3/4 and wanted to know if that works.

 

I know first hand 4-6-2s,2-8-0s, and 2-8-2s can go around 9 3/4" curves.

I don't think you will have any issues with a 4-6-4..

My first  N Scale loop layout feature 9 3/4" curves and I used Atlas light 4-6-2s and several 2-8-2s. That was my one and only steam powered N Scale layout. I built several N Scale diesel powered switching layouts starting in '68.

Larry

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:08 AM

Welcome to the Model Railroader forum pages. Your first few posts will be delayed by the moderation staff, but that will end pretty soon. Please stick around and join in our conversations.

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I built several layouts in N scale that used 9 3/4 inch radius curves in the 80s and 90s. Back then I had a Bachmann 4-8-4, a Kato PA-1, and a Model Power RSD-15. These were my largest locomotives, and all of them would go through 9 3/4 inch radius curves without any problems at all. None of my Micro-Trains freight cars ever had problems.

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I have been told by current N scalers that all current equipment, except for Scale Trains locomotives, will run through curves as small as 11 inch radius.

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Have you experimented with your 4-6-4 on this size of a curve?

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-Kevin

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Posted by beezer on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:39 AM

[quote user="Famaz00"]

Hey guys I'm thinking about getting a 4-6-4 or something of that size for my layout that has a radius of 9 3/4 and wanted to know if that works.

 i made a Christmas layout years ago to fit in a bay window. Curves are 8 3/4 in. radius. My Con Cor Hudson, a 4-6-4, negotiates that oval very nicely.

 

ave a Christmas display layout

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:30 PM

cuyama
I just remembered and re-read an MR (4/96) review for the excellent KATO Mikado (2-8-2), which also claimed a minimum radius of 9". So it may be possible, depending on the quality of your trackwork.

I can confirm that! Also, Kato´s C62 4-6-4 negotiates a 9 3/4" radius curve.

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by gthomson on Thursday, November 28, 2019 8:35 AM

A trolley will handle that radius no problems Big Smile

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