Degrees

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by SLUSSERS, May 13, 2003.

  1. SLUSSERS

    SLUSSERS New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2003
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can anyone enlighten me about the degrees that are stated along with the length and radius of track. I am thinking about purchasing Kato track and have noticed that they list 15,30,or 45 degrees with the radius of the track. Does it relate to how many pieces it takes to make a turn?
    Thanks.
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2001
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    You got it!

    # of pieces to make a full circle = 360 / degrees of one piece

    # of pieces to make a half circle = 180 / degrees of one piece

    PS: Does anybody know offhand the "radius" and "degrees" (two of each) that goes into making Peco curved turnouts? I think the radii are 18" and 36", but what are the degrees?
  3. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2002
    Messages:
    898
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bilk, I have in front of me the Peco Catalog.

    Curved HO turnout data:-

    Outside radius is 60" (1,524mm) no degrees specified.
    Inside radius is 30" (762mm) no degrees specified.

    Their large radius turnouts are also 60" radius and are quoted as being 12 degrees.
    None of their other turnouts are 30" radius but all are 12 degrees.

    As their crossings and double slips are made in 12 degrees it is reasonable to assume 12 degrees is their standard.

    Errol
  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2001
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks, Errol - but I should have been more specific -

    I meant for their N scale Code 55 turnout - my mistake.

    It gets more confusing, since I believe all their N scale Code 55 frogs are 10 degrees, and that's not the degrees I'm wondering about!
  5. wendell

    wendell Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2002
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Kato track

    Just divide 360 deg by (45,30,15) 45=8pcs 30=12 15=24
    Wendell