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Hello from southeast iowa

Started by bigal232baja, January 24, 2019, 09:40:40 PM

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What is the best turnout to use in a yard layout


Ideally you want to use the longest turnouts available.

These will give you less S-bending as cars move to parallel tracks, and locomotives with long wheelbases will be able to negotiate the turnouts better.

(In case you don't know, an S-bend is when you have two opposing curves in close relation to each other, you want have a straight section at least the length of your longest car or locomotive between them to avoid problems.)


so would a number four turnout work? Thanks for the help.


Yes, #4 turnouts would work, but #6 ones would be better if you have room for them.