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herc driver

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« on: May 10, 2009, 11:11:38 AM »

Hello,

Would anyone happen to know the smallest radius the Acela Nscale set could operate on?  The product listing says 19",  but I was wondering if anyone is operating this set on curves smaller than that.

Thanks everyone!
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hobo1

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 12:13:54 PM »

Herc driver the best radius for this train is 26 inch radius and above not only for looks but for running .  I would not go under 19 inches on this train .even 19 inch radius is a little tight for me.
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herc driver

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 08:40:18 AM »

I agree that it sure would look better on much larger radius track, but I'm extremely space limited and could only use 11 inch radius curves on my layout.  I was holding out a faint hope that the train might run on 11 inch track, but knew that was a long shot.  I realize it would look horribly unprototypical, but it's such a good looking train, I wouldn't mind.  Wink

I just wondered if anyone had used the train on small radius tracks, or if the train could run on a smaller radius at all without one car's edge hitting another as it takes a tighter radius curve.

Thanks!
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airferber

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2009, 12:40:54 PM »

I bought the Kato V11 double track set.  The inner radius is about 15" and the outer radius is about 16."  The curves are superelevated (banked). I ran the acela express on this track.  The train had a tendency to slow down slightly, especially on the the inner curve, but the train did not derail.  If you feel the need to use a tighter radius, I do NOT recommend running the train on a curve with a radius of less than 15".
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herc driver

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2009, 07:25:33 PM »

Thank you very much for the information!  As much as I'd like to add this train to my rails, it isn't going to happen.  My largest radius are 11 inches...and I figured that would be way too tight for the Acela unfortunately.
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