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Title: Flex Track Radius
Post by: old fart on November 21, 2017, 11:25:41 AM
How tight will a flex track bend ?  I need to make a "U Turn/ turn around" on a board 30 inches wide. Am using Bachman EZ-Track and would like to stay with that if possible.


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Piyer on November 21, 2017, 01:33:55 PM
Flex track will make extremely tight turns - 5" radius or less, which is tighter than 99% of models will be able to go around. For your 30" board, that means you need a radius about 13" +/-, which might be too tight for your equipment to use. You might need to enlarge your board.


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Terry Toenges on November 21, 2017, 02:47:04 PM
Are you using a door for your layout? Just curious.


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Flare on November 21, 2017, 04:28:07 PM
Flex track will make extremely tight turns - 5" radius or less, which is tighter than 99% of models will be able to go around.

4-wheel locos can be entertaining on those:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPou78TrVlU


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Piyer on November 22, 2017, 06:21:39 AM
Just because you can do something does not mean that you should do it.  :D


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Len on November 22, 2017, 07:17:49 AM
You could make an 'L' girder, imagine the 'L' upside down, using 1x3 boards and widen your table by enough to use 15" radius EZ-Track. That will limit what locos you can use, but it's way better than trying to crank flex-track down tight enough to fit on a 30" board.

Len


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Trainman203 on November 22, 2017, 05:51:48 PM
What are you going to run?  An 0-2-0? 😱😮😂😂


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Flare on November 22, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
What are you going to run?  An 0-2-0? 😱😮😂😂

I've actually seen those, with a rigid coupling to the tender.  :P


Title: Re: Flex Track Radius
Post by: Joe323 on November 22, 2017, 07:14:24 PM
Maybe a plymouth switcher?