Amtrak superliner radius curves

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by AmtrakCrescent2, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. AmtrakCrescent2

    AmtrakCrescent2 New Member

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    I'm new to model railroading, but because of space, I can only use 18" radius curves. Can Walthers's amtrak superliners run on these curves? I know that officially they're not supposed to be able to, but can they or is it impossible without them derailing?
  2. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

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    How long are the cars?
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    rogerw Active Member

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    Oh and allso are these ho or n gauge?
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    What I find on the internet they will run on 24 to 22 inch radius. sounds like 18 would be pretty tight but I dont know allot.
  5. AmtrakCrescent2

    AmtrakCrescent2 New Member

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    The prototypes are 85' long. The models I believe are about 11.5" long. They are the Walthers rolling stock Superliners, here is one of the type (they're all basically the same)
  6. COMBAT

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    22" is my guess..... :(
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    I think you are out of luck with 18 inch radius. By the time you modify the cars to work on an 18 inch radius, they would no longer resemble Superliner cars. Also the couplings would have to be too far apart to look good in order to keep the ends of the cars from binding on the tight radius curves.
  8. Maineiac

    Maineiac New Model Railroader

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    I don't know the size of your layout, but you can fit a 22" radius oval into a 4x8.