Kato amtrak superliner minimum radius?

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Avel, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Avel

    Avel TrainBoard Member

    Kato cars coupled together and to a P42, what is the sharpest curve that they will negotiate? Doesn't have to look good, just needs to make it through with no derailments.

    Less than a 9" radius possible?

    Anybody know? I will be getting my set on April 8th, just want to know as soon as possible for a little layout project.
  2. DCESharkman

    DCESharkman TrainBoard Member TrainBoard Supporter

    They will not make it on radius of less than 9". While they work on 9.75" radius with some binding, 11" radius would be the smallest I would suggest.
  3. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    I doubt any N scale car longer that 50' scale will negotiate anything below 9 3/4". I had to deal with that nonsense in HO scale, and that's why I left it and never looked back.

    I run 18" min. radius curves on my N scale layout and don't have to worry about what can't run.
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  4. Avel

    Avel TrainBoard Member

    9.75" it is then.

    thank you
  5. mrlxhelper

    mrlxhelper TrainBoard Member

    Kato usually designs all N scale stuff to run on a minimum 9.75" radius. Reason being, it's the smallest radius they offer in Unitrack.
  6. Westfalen

    Westfalen TrainBoard Member

    They make an 8.5" radius but I don't think a Superliner would go well on it. Mine go around the 11" radius on T-TRAK corners ok.
  7. Train Kid

    Train Kid TrainBoard Member

    Why wouldn't it have "look good"? Is the area in question in a tunnel or otherwise invisible? I'd say 11" myself. Those 9.75 radii will be problematic IMO.
  8. crazyro

    crazyro TrainBoard Member

    The minimum radius on my setup is 21.75 and even then I wish I used larger. It looks fine, but there is still minor overhang. I also want to eventually have (operating) diaphragms on the cars, so the wider the radius, the better.
  9. Train Kid

    Train Kid TrainBoard Member

    Yeah, I have my passenger trains running on a 19" radii. Wish I could have larger but it's just not in the cards. That per the CEO...if 'ya get my drift.
  10. Avel

    Avel TrainBoard Member

    Just got my set today, the Kato starter set. A Kato P42 coupled to a train of Kato Superliners easily goes through an 8" radius curve. The curve was made using Atlas code 55flex. Just a little loop I have on three laminated sheets of 3/16" 20"x30" foamcore. One end is an 8" radius, while the other end is a 9" radius.

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