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    Default Short cars on tight radius

    Having committed to a small logging railroad, I ordered some 25' log car kits.
    The 'formula' is; 25' car, trucks set well back from the car end, 8" radius curves and probably truck mounted couplers.
    They will run in 2 rakes of 5 cars each (2 cars to be converted supply cars) and won't mix with the other cars on the layout (all of which will have truck mounted couplers as well).
    I know there's all sorts of cautionary things to consider, particularly pushing such cars and I'll probably have to run some experiments.

    So, has anyone had experience with small cars on tight curves? with truck mount couplers?



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    Yes, I'm running those in mixed batches of Quality Craft (Gloor Craft) and N Scale Kits cars on 7 1/2" curves.



    When I did my first log cars back in the 70's, I made all the Gloor Craft cars truck-mounted. The N scale kits cars (that I helped Alan Curtis develop) are body mounts. I've had no issues with indiscriminately mixing the two in my log trains.

    If you really want absurd, I'm running the tiny Nn3 versions of it on 4 1/2" curves (Rikohan Z track) behind my Nn3 Class A.

    Biggest thing I've hit is that the empties are so light that they will pick a switch frog on a push move if the guard rail tolerances aren't good. But there's no good reason to convert the N scale kits over to truck mounts, I wouldn't do that.

    That switch in the foreground is a very old, very tired, Trix R1 turnout (7 1/2" rad). I use the Peco SL1 tight turnouts on new construction in the same situation now.
    Randgust N scale kits web page at www.randgust.com

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    @randgust, thanks for the information, that sets me in the right direction
    Cheers,

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    I use very light 'plastic' scratch built log cars on 4 1/2" Tomix curves with truck mounted couplings. I have a rake of three + caboose and have never expereanced any trouble pushing or pulling. Never had a derailment and I'll add, my track laying skills are not the best

    Oddly, in 'my' expereance, tight curves have never been responcable for derailments. Keep the length of train in proportion and all will be happy. See my last post here; Akita Mountain Small layout = small trains
    Thanks, Tom

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