question on track an equipment

littlefatbuddy Oct 12, 2017

  1. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    hello everyone have a quick question what is the largest locomotive and freight cars that will navigate a ho scale kato unitrack #4 tunout without issues.
    I am a modern day modeler but have limited space an im going to be using katos unitrack for the ease of use, an have limited space an being able to use the #4s would give me a bit more space but want to know if ill have trobules with them an large modern day locomotives thanks for the help
     
  2. RGW

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    If you're running only diesels, you should have no problems. If you plan to run an occasional steam excursion, I cannot guaranty the same answer.
     
  3. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    alright thanks honeslty not certain if i will ever buy any steamers i like them they just don't fit my taste for big modenr day wide cab deisels like gevos and sd70aces ect i plan on mainly coal hoppers box cars tank cars an some centerbeam flats
     
  4. RGW

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    You'll be fine then
     
  5. littlefatbuddy

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    okay awesome thank you for your help.
     
  6. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    He's right, you know--but there's one thing: It might not be a good idea to fall in love with the DDA40X.
     
  7. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    that dont' bother me im a norfolk southern and bnsf csx modeler an migth be adding some canadian national equipmenent to the rosster at some point but no up lol are there any freight cars that i need to stay away form with the #4s thanks.
     
  8. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    I doubt it. Certain old school 85' piggybqck flats, if anything at all.
     
  9. Mr. Trainiac

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    If you are also using KATO locomotives, then you will certainly be fine. I can run mine at least on 18” radius. I’ve heard the new P42 can take 14” radius. Almost any car or locomotive can take a 4 at switching speeds. I would stay away from autoracks or F89 flatcars just to be safe. You could test them, but make sure you aren’t wasting your money if they don’t work.


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  10. YoHo

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    So I think the autoracks and F89s will WORK, they just won't look pretty doing it.
    YOu may experience some binding from the big 6 axles. My bigger concern would be what is your minimum radius in your other curves? Because I know for a fact that 6 axles really want a little more than 18" radius.
     
  11. littlefatbuddy

    littlefatbuddy TrainBoard Member

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    my curves will be 22 and 24 inch radius's i know abotu the 18r cruves an 6afle locos not going togheter well i wish kato had #5s thsoe would be a better solution but it is what it is i just was wondering if the #4s would give me regrefulheadaches
     

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