Turn Radius

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by stuart_w, May 1, 2005.

  1. stuart_w

    stuart_w New Member

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    Hi everyone - another newbe with a simple question.:):wave:

    Size is a real issue because I don't have much space, but I don't know what size to go for.

    Does anyone know the minimum turn radius for Z and N and HO for comparison?

    Thanks

    Stuart
  2. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Not sure of Z, however...

    N - can be as small as 9" radius, however anything under 11" is too tight in my opinion. Also, if you are planning on running the long passeenger cars, 19" minimum will look better.

    HO - can be as small as 18" radius, however anything under 24" is too tight in my opinion. Also, if you are planning on running the long passeenger cars, 36" minimum will look better.
  3. Zman

    Zman Member

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    It depends on the size of your engines and cars. Several books on N scale railroading suggest a minimum 7 1/2 inch radius, but that's WAY too small for large trains. I have one 8 inch curve on my N layout, but I only run small 2-6-0 moguls and Overton cars.
  4. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

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    Z - can be as small as 5.7" radius, however anything under 7.7" is too tight in my opinion.