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Tsled

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« on: September 21, 2017, 10:44:33 AM »

Hi,

I purchased the Pacific Flyer HO set which comes with 18” radius track to make a 36” circle.  I would like to make a circle around 48” and am a bit confused on how to do that.  I suspect I have to purchase 16 pieces of the 22” radius ez track but do not know whether the rerailer/power input piece I received in my set will work.  I have not found a 22” rerailer/power input piece on line and am not certain how to proceed.  Any advice would be appreciated.
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Joe323

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 02:09:47 PM »

A 22" radius curve would produce a 44" Diameter Circle  If you buy a 9" terminal re-railer and a  9" straight that would produce an oval of 44" x 53" Would that do?
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 02:33:02 PM »

Here's another thought. Use 13 -  22" radius plus 1 - 18" radius terminal rerailer surrounded by  2 - 26" radius pieces. There will be a small gap of less than 3/4". You can fudge it a little and bring them together or use the 3/4" fitter to expand it a little.
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Tsled

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 03:59:48 PM »

Hi Terry,
Thanks for the detailed reply and I didn’t imagine it would be this challenging. Any estimate of how bif the diameter would be?

Thanks,
Tony S.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 04:07:13 PM »

Simplest thing may be to just buy four 9" long straight pieces and fit them in every 90 degrees. Minimally more interesting than a true circle but allows some where to dock a freight car.

And Terry..........fudging your track to force it into alignment is just asking for problems.

Sid
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dutchbuilder


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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 04:58:49 PM »

ever thought of using flextrack?
Then you can make any radius you like.
problem solved.

Ton
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 05:56:05 PM »

Since you have almost all 22's, the diameter would be real close to 46". 22 + 22 + 1 + 1 = 46" outside diameter since the EZ Track is about 2" wide.

Sid - Normally, I wouldn't say fudge it but the distance is so small that I don't think it will hurt. It's less than 3/4" and that distance will be divided up between the 16 pieces of track when you squeeze it together. That's about .05" between each section on the outside.    
.75 divided by 16 = .046875". That's about 3/64 of an inch.


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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 07:28:42 PM »

Thanks to all for the advice.  I really appreciate the help and now I have some options to work with.
 

Cheers,

Tony S.
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Len

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2017, 11:12:01 AM »

Another option would be make your circle, then solder power connections directly to the rails.

Len
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