1. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    Anyone know what the Abosulte Minumum Radius (not recomended) you can send these locomotives though.
    Athearn DD40
    Athearn SD40-2
    Athearn SD40T-2
    Athearn SD70/75
    Athearn C44-9W/AC4400CW

    Thanks in advance


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  2. StickyMonk

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    i have had a SD40-2 and SD40T-2 through a 18 inch curve although the 40-2 didnt like it much

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  3. AKrrnut

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    I'm not postive about these locomotives, but I am sure they'd be a lot happier going through a minumum 22" radius curve. [​IMG]

    I used to have an Athearn F45, and it didn't like an 18" radius at all! The ladders interferred with the trucks' ability to turn.

    I haven't tested the C44-9W or the new SD70s yet (too modern for me!), and I don't remember what the reviews said about minimum radius. Have to get back to you on that.

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  4. BC Rail King

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    Simple, every thing but the DD I have heard likes, and will run well on a 22".

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N.

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  5. friscobob

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    I wouldn't run a six-axle locomotive through anything tighter than 24" radius. Anything less than that is the realm of four-axle
    diesels. Remember, not only should the loco
    be able to negotiate a curve, but it should
    stay coupled with the adjoining car or loco,
    and not look like the Toonerville Trolley
    doing it.
    Are you asking this because of tight space issues, or just mere curiousity?


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  6. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    Lets just put it this way. I am one of those people who cram a C44-9W though a 18" because of space issues. I have used a SD40-2 though 18" with no problems. (little noisey though)I was asking because of space issues

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  7. friscobob

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chessie_SD50_8563:
    Lets just put it this way. I am one of those people who cram a C44-9W though a 18" because of space issues. I have used a SD40-2 though 18" with no problems. (little noisey though)I was asking because of space issues

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    OK..........you may be able to, but any cars
    coupled behind these locomotives mat not stay
    coupled, or may derail.
    I have 22" radius on my layout, and restrict
    myself to four-axle diesels. The only locos I
    don't run on my layout are my Frisco and UP
    SD45s (at least not in normal operations). Since I model a former shortline in NE Okla-
    homa, the tight curves aren't a problem. I
    even run my Frisco mini-unit coal train with
    just two GP38s, which for Frisco was prototypical for the coal train between Garland, KS and Republic, MO.




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  8. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    only with my real short cars like my roundhouse 10000 gal tank have problems behind my C44-9W. You'll be even more shocked if I tell you what kind of cars I run around 18 radius (unmodifyed)
    89 foot walthers autorack (bi level)
    86 foot athearn autobox cars.
    85 foot athearn pig flats
    You have to use kadee or equivalant (I use mchenry (dont ask why)) in order for the cars to stay coupled around curves. you just have to have clearance around the curves and the proper setup. As for photorealism forget it. These cars look nowhere near real when heading around the curves.

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