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Title: 4-6-0 G scale Loco's
Post by: cpaul on February 05, 2007, 03:10:53 PM
What is the minimum radius Bachmann recommends for their 4-6-0 G scale loco's?


Title: Re: 4-6-0 G scale Loco's
Post by: Colorado on February 05, 2007, 03:13:17 PM
There is a seperate board for LS.

They do not, they supply 4ft radius track with the sets, which is the smallest commercial track, goes around that OK.


Title: Re: 4-6-0 G scale Loco's
Post by: scottychaos on February 05, 2007, 03:29:17 PM
There is a seperate board for LS.

They do not, they supply 4ft radius track with the sets, which is the smallest commercial track, goes around that OK.

the smallest commercial track is 2-foot radius!
4-foot diameter.

thats the absolute minumum for G-gauge..
although with new locos in Large Scale getting bigger and bigger all the time, the new "minimum" should now be considered 8 or 10 foot diameter.

yes, the Bachmann Big Hauler 4-6-0 will technically squeeze around 4-foot diameter curves (2-foot radius)...but thats an insanely tight curve, and if you build a Large Scale railroad with those curves, you will find you wont be able to run about 50% of what is available in Large Scale.
you will only be able to run the really small stuff..(which might be fine if thats all you want to run anyway!) If you want to run tiny LGB 0-4-0's and mining equipment, then 4-foot diameter is fine.

But even with the tiny stuff, you will be much happier is you consider your minimum to be 8-foot diameter..

all the new G-gauge diesels..Alco PA, Dash-9, SD70, etc require 8-foot diameter minimum..and thats still really tight for them.

For G-gauge diesels, the minimum *practical* diameter, that doesnt make the engines look ridiculous, would be 12-foot.

as with any model railroad, "run the widest curve you can!"

Scot